A metal roof can last anywhere from 50 to 80 years when properly installed and cared for. This makes it one of the best roofing investments you can make. Below are five ways you can help extend the life of your metal roof starting today.
Make Sure It Is Properly Installed
You want to make sure that your new metal roof is installed by a roofing contractor that holds a great reputation for getting the job done right. If the panels are not set right there can be gaps that allow water in. These can loosen up and your panels can go flying off in periods of heavy winds.
Check the Flashing After Storms
Flashing should be securely installed, but you will need to check this after serious storms with heavy wind, rain, or hail. Loose flashing can lead to loosened panels. Replacing the panels is far more costly than having the flashing reinstalled correctly. Make it a habit to do a brief visual inspection as soon as it is safe to do so after storms.
Remove Pooled Water
Water after a rainstorm can begin to collect on areas of the metal roof. This needs to be removed as soon as possible. The sheer weight of water can begin to cause gaps in the panels that lead to water leaks.
Seal Coat to Prevent Corrosion
Roof panels can begin to corrode over the years. Keep the panels seal coated with protective materials that help deflect sun rays and protect the metal finish. It will help your metal roof last many more years than you imagined possible. Metal roofing is one of the most durable products on the market. The small amount of maintenance you do increases the lasting power.
Keep Tree Limbs Trimmed Back
Tree limbs rubbing or striking a metal roof can form dents, dings, tears, and punctures. These can all lead to leaks and having to replace entire panels of the roof. Keep the limbs trimmed back a few feet from the surface of the roof to better protect the surface.