Metal is a highly durable roofing material, but this doesn't mean that it will escape the impact of the weather and general wear and tear. However, there are some steps you can take to extend the life of your metal roof and reduce the amount of wear and tear it is exposed to. Here are three ways you can prolong the life of the metal roof on your home.
Trim any overhanging branches
Trees in your backyard look great and provide plenty of shade in the summer. However, trees can also cause havoc with your metal roof. If overhanging branches come into contact with the metal surface of the roof, it can scratch the protective coating. A damaged protective coating could allow rust to form on the surface of the metal roof. To prevent this, you should ensure that you trim any overhanging branches on a regular basis.
Remove debris from your metal roof
Your metal roof can also be damaged by the accumulation of debris such as pebbles, leaves, and twigs. When this debris becomes caught in the grooves of the metal roof, it can cause extensive damage to the metal surface. This damage can cause areas of the roof to become weak, increasing the chance of a leak. You should consider investing in an extendable cleaning brush, which will allow you to remove any build up of debris easily.
Clean the gutters
While maintaining your metal roof is important, it is also vital that you do not forget about the gutters. If leaves and other debris begin to collect in the gutters, it could lead to them becoming completely clogged. The gutters help to remove water from the surface of the roof and channel it to the drains below. If the gutters are clogged, it is likely that the back up of water will prevent your metal roof from fully drying out. Moisture which sits on the surface of a metal roof increases the chance that areas of corrosion or rust will develop. To prevent this, you should periodically clear any debris from the gutters on your roof.
If you would like further advice and information about how best to care for your metal roof, you should contact a roofing company. A roofing contractor will be happy to visit your property to carry out an assessment of your roof before completing any necessary work to repair your roof.