Winter Maintenance Of Metal Roofs

Metal roofs have low maintenance and high energy efficiency, that is why many commercial, industrial and residential builders choose to install metal roofing systems. Metal roofs are extremely beneficial in the winter time due to their ability to hold up under heavy ice and snow. Having said that metal roof still need a maintenance and by following these simple tips property owners can help ensure their metal roofs will perform at their best:

Put your guards up
Metal roofs do a great job shedding snow and ice, but in heavy snow fall, that can be a danger to those below when large clumps of snow and ice give way suddenly and without warning. Even in climates where snow accumulation is rare, it’s always a good idea to have snow guards on your metal roof that help keep frozen precipitation in place and cause it to melt or slid off in small pieces rather than dangerous chunks. Snow guards can be installed on existing metal roofs; contact a qualified contractor or roof to ensure proper installation.

Keep gutters clean
Like any other type of roofing, regular gutter maintenance is essential for helping properly drain water. Year-round contact with wet leaves and dirt building up in your gutter can damage a metal roof. Winter is the perfect time for gutter cleaning as most leaves have fallen, so be sure to remove debris from your gutters.

Trim trees and bushes
While metal roofs are exceedingly tough, constant rubbing and abrasion from limbs can damage the finish. Keep your trees trimmed and away from your roof. Doing so also will help keep gutters clean as well.

Brush away debris
Thanks to smoother surfaces and finishes, metal roofs tend to shed debris more easily than other roofs. However, metal roofs differ in the types and shapes of the metal sheets that are fastened together and sealed or bonded. It can be in these areas where branches or debris can sometimes get stuck. Use a brush to sweep debris off verses trying to loosen it with a hose. For safety sake, take great care when walking on any roof and minimize foot traffic, especially in the winter; consider hiring a professional to do regular roof cleaning for you.

Pay attention to what’s underneath
While metal roofs are energy efficient, adding or replacing attic insulation and ensuring proper venting will keep the inside of your building comfortable and protected in any season. Have a professional roofer conduct an energy audit in your attic and make sure it includes proper venting.

Megapolis metal roofs are designed to last 50 years or more and offer exceptional performance. Give them some simple maintenance and care, and they’ll pay you back with years of protection and peace of mind. If you have any questions consider enlisting help to maintain your roof from an experienced and licensed qualified professional roofing contractor. Call us today!