Leaks are often a problem with metal roofing that goes unnoticed. This is because people often think of metal roofing as a maintenance-free material, but care is important. Having regular inspection of your roof done and checking rubber seals is essential to prevent wear of metal roofs. Here are a few simple maintenance tips to ensure your metal roof never leaks:
1. Routine Roof Inspections to Find and Repair Damage
Regular inspection of your roof is important to ensure minor problems do not lead to serious damage. With metal roofing, it is a good idea to have your roof checked out every few years to ensure no major repairs are needed. Between professional roof inspections, you can do your own checks for things like minor roof damage and small repairs that may be needed. If there is major damage to your roof due to things like summer storms, you will want to contact a professional roofing contractor to inspect the damage and help with repairs.
2. Regular Cleaning to Reduce Wear of Metal Roofing
Dirt and debris are one of the major caused of wear and damage to roofs. When cleaning a metal roof, make sure to use appropriate safety gear and wear soft-soled shoes or boots to avoid sliding. To clean the roof, make sure you remove all the dirt and grime that gets into seams, around fasteners and areas where it gets trapped. Sweep the roof with a soft-bristled broom and rinse the debris off with a garden hose. Use a mild cleaner to remove any stains caused by debris on the roof. Never rinse the roof with water while standing on it; do this from the ground or ladder to avoid falling.
3. Replacing Rubber Seals That Have Worn and Cause Leaks
On metal roofing, rubber seals are used in areas like seams or to reinforce areas that are vulnerable to leaks. Over years of exposure to the elements, rubber often dries out and cracks, which can lead to leaks and other serious problems. Routinely check the rubber seals around things like fasteners and roof penetrations for drying and cracking. If the seals are worn and damaged, have them replaced before serious leaks start.
These are some tips to help you with metal roof maintenance to prevent leaks. If you need help with replacing rubber seals or other repairs for your metal roof, contact a construction company like Grantham Construction Co Inc to help with installation, maintenance, and repairs for your metal roof.Share