When you live in an area that gets cold temps, ice, and snow, spring is a welcome event. But this is also a season for home maintenance and preparation. While metal roofs are some of the most durable options, they still need some care and attention to continue performing their best.
A metal roof is an excellent investment that can provide you value as a homeowner for decades to come. Not every metal roof is the same, however. Before you do any maintenance, check with your manufacturer or installer for their recommendations. That said, here is what you need to know about spring cleaning for your metal roof.
Step One: Figure Out Your Cleaning Schedule
As the temperatures begin to rise, it’s time to clear out the debris and dust that winter left behind. Before you decide to do any metal roof maintenance, make sure that the worst of the winter weather is behind you. The less precipitation you get in your area, the less effort you’ll need to maintain your roof.
One thing that’s important to understand is that climbing on metal roofs is dangerous work. They’re slippery, and stepping in the wrong spot could damage your roofing system. To have your metal roof cleaned and maintained safely and effectively, you should hire a professional roofing company to do the job.
Step Two: Remove Mildew and Dirt from Your Roof
Again, your roofer should be doing this for safety’s sake. But the next step is to clear and clean any accumulated debris and grime off of your roof. This helps prevent corrosion and improves the aesthetic appeal of your roof. Your roofing company will also know what types of cleaning agents, if any, will best suit your roofing materials.
Step Three: Clean and Flush Out Downspouts and Gutters
If your downspouts and gutters aren’t doing their job, water can accumulate on your roof and cause issues. At least a few times per year, have a professional flush out and clean these systems.
Step Four: Inspect and Address Any Physical Damage
Once everything is clean, it’s time to inspect your metal roof for signs of damage. A few examples are penetrations, failed seals, and deep scratches. It’s never a good idea to attempt repairs on your own. Again it’s dangerous. But it can also void your roof warranty.
Your roofing professional can perform this inspection and make any necessary repairs. These might range from a simple touch-up of scratches to the replacement of a damaged segment.
Excel Metal Roofing for All Your Metal Roofing Needs
Whether you are thinking about installing a metal roof on your home or need some assistance with maintenance and repair, we can help. Since 2000, Excel Metal Roofing in the heart of the Lake area in Versailles, MO, has installed more residential metal roofs than any other company in the state.
Contact us today to learn more about our services.