Metal roofs are becoming more popular as people ditch asphalt for more sustainability. In addition to being environmentally friendly, it comes with a host of other benefits, such as minimal upkeep. While you don’t have to maintain metal as you would more traditional materials, like asphalt, homeowners shouldn’t assume this equates to no maintenance. True, metal roofs can outlast other roofing materials by decades, but it still requires routine inspections, general maintenance, and of course, repairs when necessary.
For all your roofing needs, reach out to Top Tier Roofing in Philadelphia. We take pride in our work, which is why we warranty all of it, including metal roofs. If you already have a metal roof installed, here is how to ensure it never gets replaced.
Clean Your Gutters
Since metal is not impervious to corrosion, you can help it last longer by regularly cleaning your gutters. It is important to rid the gutters of moist leaves, dirt, and other debris. If this comes in contact with metal, you can’t guarantee your roof will dry out properly and this can lead to corrosion. Cleaning your gutters is especially important when it rains and snows, as a clogged gutter prevents rainwater and melted snow from effectively draining.
Clean Your Roof
You should apply the same theory as you do your gutters to your roof for the same reason: corrosion. Additionally, debris can increase the chances of water pooling, which adds weight and can compromise the structure. If you don’t contact the contractors at Top Tier Roofing in Philadelphia to perform routine roof inspections, then over time, you may develop leaks where the roof is compromised.
We do not recommend that you clean a metal roof yourself, as it’s much thinner than other roofing materials. If you apply too much pressure, you can damage the roofing membrane or remove some of its protective coatings. Our contractors have years of experience dealing with such projects and know the correct way to walk on metal to prevent damage.
Trim Overhanging Branches
You know that debris on the roof can cause water to pool and may cause leaking. As a result, if you have any tree limbs hanging over your roof, it’s recommended that you do some minor landscaping. Additionally, tree branches can scratch your roof and damage its finish.
Perform Routine Inspections
You should have your roof inspected at least once a year for damages. Reach out to Top Tier Philly, where all your roof needs are just a phone call away. Inspections better ensure that problems are detected and resolved before they get out of hand. If we see a problem, our team will consult with you on your options to help you decide the best solution for your needs.
Discourage Others from Walking on the Roof
Most children enjoy going on top of roofs. If you see this, discourage them from going on the roof, as it can easily lead to scratches, scuffs, flaking, and other minor damage. Your roof is a big investment and even minor scratches that aren’t quickly fixed can lead to worse damage. Nobody should be on your roof unless it is necessary. If you have hired someone who needs to go up there but is not a professional roofing contractor, simply ask that they walk slowly. As long as the foot traffic is minimal, it shouldn’t cause too much damage.
Repair Rust Spots
Always repair rust spots as soon as possible, as it can shorten the lifespan of your roof. You will not see the damage immediately, but over time, rust can:
- Produce holes on the sheet metal.
- Lead to buildup that can destroy adjacent parts of the roof (aka, rust smacking).
- Weaken your roof as strong metal material is replaced with rust.
Again, this shows the importance of routine roof inspections. If rust spots are spotted early, it can be easily treated by gently scrubbing it off with a cleanser, and then rinsing it away with a hose. You can do this yourself or contact us for our personalized services.
Contact Top Tier Philly
We offer high-quality roofing services at affordable prices throughout Philadelphia. Our experienced roofing contractors specialize in roof repairs, replacements, and installations for all types of material, including metal roofs. For a roofing contractor that you can trust, contact Top Tier Philly. Call 267-485-6583 for a free estimate.