One of the best advantages of putting metal roofing on your Chicago home is the easy maintenance. Your metal roof can last 50 years or more with very little effort from you. Taking a few simple steps can ensure that it keeps looking great for years. A few of the things that will keep your roof in good shape:
1. Inspect and clean your gutters.
The gutters of your home channel water away from the structure. Check them a couple of times a year to ensure that leaves, twigs and debris are not keeping them from doing their job. When gutters are clogged, water can get sluggish. The result can be pools of water accumulating. By making sure your gutters are in good working order, you can reduce the risk of water damage to your roof or your walls.
2. Inspect the roof itself.
Metal roofs are tough, but they aren’t impervious. Walk around your property twice a year to ensure that there is no visible damage. Tree branches can fall and cause dents or other issues. Areas where fixtures come out of the roof should have sealant that is in good repair. Flashing should be securely in place. Also check to ensure that none of the panels of your metal roof have shifted.
3. Keep other metals away.
Other metals, like copper pipes, should never make contact with your roof. If they do, corrosion to either part can occur. If you are having work done that involves your roof, make sure that nothing touches it directly.
4. Watch for ice dams in winter.
Ice dams form when heat from inside your house makes its way to a snow-covered roof. When this happens, the snow can melt and refreeze. This can lead to ice infringing into your home, which can lead to serious flooding and damage. If you notice ice dams on your roof, that is a sign that you need better insulation in your attic. It is generally not necessary to remove snow from the roof. However, if you have a flatter roof with a pitch of less than 3/12 (three inches height for each 12 inches of run), snow may be more prone to accumulate. Never get on your roof to clear it. Instead, push snow off with a long-handled broom or another tool that lets you remove it from the ground.
Metal roofs are largely maintenance-free. By performing these small tasks and taking the right precautions, you can eliminate any potential problems that could shorten the life of your roof. Are you considering a metal roof for your home? Give us a call. We are the roofing contractors Chicago homeowners trust.