Are you a resourceful, savvy homeowner with a metal roof? If so, we have some great tips to help you get started on your D.I.Y. metal roof maintenance! With these three tips, you won’t need to worry about harmful rooftop corrosion throughout the year.
Tip #1: Perform Your Personal Maintenance Twice a Year
The best time to perform a quick checkup on your roof is right after winter and summer; that’s twice a year. Thankfully, your metal roof is tough and highly resistant to weather damage, so you won’t have to do much. You can start by cleaning or washing away any leaves, dirt, and twigs on your rooftop and in the gutter. This will protect your roof from scratches and light corrosion; plus it prevents water from spilling over your gutters around your foundation.
Tip #2: Watch Out for These Sources of Corrosion
Keep an eye out for smudges, deep scratches, and exposed bits on your roof. While they may be small, these hazards can accelerate corrosion and peal away your lovely paint. Formula 409 (or another similar metal cleaner) typically does the job of cleaning up smudges. For tougher grime, you can utilize a blend of household bleach, dish soap, and water with a soft cloth or sponge. A few touch ups with a manufacturer approved paint should fix any spots where the paint has been scratched off. Make sure you only use a brush and not a sprayer for your work.
Tip #3: Keep Scheduling That Regular Inspection
While it might be tempting to forego your usual inspections now that you have a durable, metal roof, it’s smart to bring in an expert every now and then to examine your roof. You’d be surprised how often a tiny fix left undone escalates into an expensive repair, even in a system as tough as steel or aluminum roofing. It’s just best to play it safe.
There you go! If you’d like more information about metal roof maintenance or any other roofing subject, we’d be happy to talk with you at405-720-6200.