Your metal roofing will last a very long time with some simple precautions. We have a few helpful tips for the best way to manage your steel roofing materials.
- Roofing and cladding materials that are not exposed to rainfall should be washed down at least once every six months (more often in marine environments) to remove build-up of corrosive elements.
- Prior to installation, materials must be kept clean and dry. Ensure that sheeting packs are covered, air flow is adequate to eliminate condensation and water is not allowed to pond. Should materials get wet, sheeting must be separated and thoroughly dried.
- Sheeting should be handled with care to both avoid installer injury and damage to the product. Cutting of sheets must only be done with tin snips, shears or cold-cutting saw, so as to avoid the damage caused by abrasive cutting methods (i.e angle grinder).
- Roofing screws can also be a source of problems for your roofing. These important components need to be secured, airtight, and kept tightly fixed to the roof. If they come loose, they can deliver water directly to the roof and the ceiling. Regular inspections will help prevent problems from this source.
How to tell when your roof needs repairs
Even tough, ultra-durable metal roofs need repairs occasionally. If your roof is looking discoloured, has edging issues, or loose sheets, you’ll need to repair it ASAP to prevent further damage.
Take a little time to thoroughly survey the roof for damage. If there are a lot of issues, you might need to consider roof replacement options. It’s best to get some professional advice before spending any money, though.