Spring is upon us, and now is the perfect time for a quick self-inspection on your metal roof. While metal roofing is tough and rarely requires significant maintenance, you can still extend your roof’s lifetime with an easy bi-annual DIY checkup. Here are some tips to help you with your metal roof touch-ups.
Fetch Some Binoculars
Your first step on your checkup list is a short walk around the house. With a pair of specs (or just your eyes if you have keen vision), examine your rooftop for debris, scrapes, metal chips, and smudges. Be on the lookout for loose screws or tiles, as these can lead to more serious repairs if not taken care of quickly. Once you’ve finished your walk, it will be time for a little cleanup.
Grab a Trash Bag
With a trash bag in hand, you can start removing leaves, twigs, and other debris from your rooftop and gutters. If your rooftop is too steep to climb, you can use a hose instead to wash the debris into the drain. Many homeowners overlook the gutters when cleaning off their rooftop, but this can lead to corrosion later on. Make sure you don’t make the same mistake!
Use a Paint Brush
Those scratches and metal chips are gonna need a little manufacturer-approved paint. After carefully removing any metal chips, take your paintbrush (not a spray can) and gently apply spot treatments to the affected areas. Taking care of these areas now will help prevent your roof from rusting.
Apply a Wet Cloth
All that’s left is to wipe away any grease or dirt smudges with a cloth! Some Formula 409 will usually do the trick! For tougher grime, you can use a solution of water, household bleach, and dish soap.
Congratulations! You’re done. With these simple metal roof touch-ups, you’ll protect your roof from rusting and corrosion. It probably looks pretty too! For more ways to extend the life of your metal roof, contact us at 775.358.7663.