Metal roofs are renowned for their durability and low maintenance requirements. However, it is still important to take certain steps to ensure that your metal roof remains in good condition and lasts for its full lifespan. Compared to other roofing materials, the maintenance of metal roofs is minimal. It is essential to inspect the roof at least twice a year and contact the contractor or manufacturer if any potential problems are noticed.
Keeping dirt out of the gutters is also essential, as the constant contact of leaves and dirt with the metal roof can cause faults. Aluminum roofs are designed to effectively remove rain and snow and then dry out, but when there is debris in the gutters, the edges of the roofing material may never dry out and that can lead to corrosion. It is also important to minimize walking on the roof, as this can cause scratches, scuffs, dents, corrosion, degradation and leaks. If air-conditioning components or ventilation covers need to be replaced, it is essential to walk on the roof.
However, it should not be done on a regular basis. In very humid areas, mold can form in areas of a metal roof, despite the high mold resistance of quality paints and protective coatings. It is also important to have your metal roof inspected annually by a roofing contractor. This will help to ensure that any potential problems are identified and addressed before they become major issues.
In addition, repainting your metal roof can do wonders to increase its curb appeal if you are thinking of selling your home in the near future. Knowing the lifespan of your metal roof is also essential. While metal roofs are designed to be durable, they can still be damaged by inclement weather and other elements. In most cases, a metal roof would retain structural integrity, remain leak-free, and look good for at least the duration of the product warranty (generally 20 to 30 years for quality materials), even without any maintenance. Providing your metal roof with proper maintenance is essential to maximizing its lifespan while preserving its appearance.
Don't let your investment in metal roofs be ruined because you weren't willing to pay someone to come out and check it out.