Homeowners who have metal roofs know that they require much less maintenance than shingle roofs.
Still, it’s important to realize there are a few maintenance steps that are indispensable.
When installed by metal roofing contractors you can trust, you should expect your metal roof to last anywhere from 30 to 50 years. However, you’ll need to do your part to take care of it.
Let’s look at the true facts about metal roofing care from real metal roofing contractors.
QUESTION: “Do I need to get my metal roof professionally inspected?”
A: In general, we suggest that owners of shingle roofs get the roof professionally inspected every year. Metal roofs should be inspected every two years. Don’t let your metal roof go three full years without one. This is especially important here in the Austin area. Schedule a quick check of your roof any time your home is subject to intense storms, whether in summer or winter.
QUESTION: “Should I perform any roof maintenance myself?”
A: As metal roofing contractors, we don’t recommend homeowners get up on the roof. There are many things that can go wrong, and even standing or walking on the roof may damage it. In some cases, this may affect your metal roofing warranty.
Still, there are some cases where you may wish to “do it yourself.”
The following steps can help keep your metal roof like new:
- Do a quick visual inspection once a month to catch any issues that may need attention.
- If your metal roof has drains or gutters, be sure to clean them out before the rainy season.
- Remove leaves and other debris that can affect the flow of water down your roof.
- Clean the surface of the roof using a solution of 1/4 cup detergent per gallon of water.
QUESTION “When is it time to call professional metal roofing contractors?”
If you notice rust spots, mold, or mildew, this may be a sign of a more serious problem with your roof. Have it inspected right away to ensure that the roof is structurally sound. If problems are allowed to persist, mold and mildew can be hazardous to your health.
Naturally, you should contact your favorite metal roofing contractors if you see any signs of a leak. While this is usually obvious by observing your ceiling, the signs of a pending leak on a metal roof can be more subtle.
In particular, look for any areas that appear to be warped, especially around the flashing or roof fasteners. Flashing is the material used to seal and protect the joints of the roof. The flashing around the vent pipe is relatively vulnerable to temperature-related warping.
When choosing metal roofing contractors, be sure you pick an established local brand you can trust. With more than 30 years of experience, the team at Longhorn Roofing has been at the forefront of introducing the Austin area to the highest quality metal roofing.
To find out more or get your free estimate, contact us today.