We at READCORP Metal Roofing Supplies are well aware of the benefits presented by a metal roof, including the fact that it is a lower maintenance, longer lasting alternative to more traditional asphalt shingle roofing.
While this is undeniably true, it does not at all mean that metal roofs are completely maintenance free. Now that it’s fall, you need to make sure your performing proper maintenance on your roof so it keeps protecting your home for many, many years to come.
Make sure your gutters are clear
It’s fall, which means the leaves have changed colors and are now falling from the trees… and some of them may end up on your roof and in your gutters. If your gutters become clogged up with leaves and debris, then rain water wont drain away, and will overflow, which can lead to problems with mold and even cause your gutters to collapse.
So, make sure you are regularly checking your gutters during fall to make sure they’re mostly clear, and once all the trees are bare you should do a deep clean of all the gutters.
Get rid of debris
Not all of the debris that lands on your roof will fall off or wash down the gutters. If fallen leaves and branches are left to build up on your roof, once they get wet they will begin to rot. Rotting matter like this can actually cause harm to your metal roof.
While you don’t need to rush to remove every single leaf as soon as it lands on your roof, you should make sure you clear your roof of leaves a couple of times throughout fall, especially if your house is surrounded by a lot of high trees.
Trim back your trees
If there are large trees that grow very close to your house, and you notice the branches are getting closer and closer to your roof, it may be time for a quick trim. Though you might not think it, tree branches that scrape against your roof can wear away at the metal over time.
To stop this happening, simply keep your trees and bushes trimmed back far enough that the roof is well out of reach.
Trimming your trees back can also have the added advantage of reducing the amount of falling debris that ends up in your gutters.
Consider a professional inspection
Of course, there is only so much an untrained eye will be able to spot. Fall is the perfect time to have a professional inspector give your metal roof the once over. The inspector will be able to spot things you can’t, and if there are any small issues with your roof that need fixing, better to find out in autumn than wait until they become big problems in the heart of winter.
For more information about metal roofing, or to see our full range of metal roofing solutions, visit infinity Metal Roofing Supplies today!