Metal roofs are one of the more popular roof products in Brisbane. Many homeowners and commercial property owners pick metal roofs over other traditional materials because they benefit from its lower energy consumption costs and it’s appealing to the wallets of budget and environment-conscious individuals. Like other roof materials, metal roofs can last up to five decades and with the right maintenance, it will keep on looking brand new for many years to come.
How To Maintain Your Metal Roof
First off, make it a habit to check your roof regularly. Gutters should be cleaned of all debris and leaves, while any water should be drained from the roof. Also watch out for dents that will cause water to pool in an area of the roof.
Then, check if your metal roof is rusty. You have to remove the rust and then keep it from coming back. You need to also make sure that different metals should be kept away from each other. Did you know that when copper pipes come into contact with steel roof systems, both materials will corrode?
Likewise, check the roof for damage after a storm hits your area. There might be some loose pieces or damaged panels that need to be addressed. You can push the dents back out if you can access it from the underside of the roof, but if the damage is too severe, you might have to contact a professional to do the job.
More often than not, you don’t need to remove every speck of rust you see before re-coating the roof with fresh paint. You can sweep away with a long handled broom or brush or use a water blaster to blast away with water all the loose metal rust, dirt, mildew or flaking paint from the surface. Remove all the rust before rinsing it with clear water from a garden hose. Remember not to scrape the rust with a wire brush as it will only damage the metal roof. You can do this job yourself, but it’s a dangerous work, and it would be worth the cost to hire a roof maintenance professional in Brisbane to blast sand or water at your metal roof.
Of course, all the trouble you went through to clean your rusty metal roof will be for nothing if the rust returns in just a few months. You can keep the rust from returning by coating the metal.
Painting the roof is one of the popular options. If you choose to paint your roof, make sure that your metal roof has been washed, rinsed and dried thoroughly. When it is dry, start painting with a zinc primer. This will help prevent metal roof rust. There are also specialized metal roof paints available in the market that you can use for top coat.
Another option is acrylic coating, which blocks out metal roof rust for many years. Still, even with these options, you might still need to repaint the roof every few years to prevent the rust from coming back.
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