How to treat your metal roof
If you want to expand the life of your metal roofing system, the best is to make annual inspections and maintenance. You can do it with the power washer and a wire brush. Cleaning is very important because you can reduce the mold and mildew on the roofs. Metal roofs can sometimes be ugly and hot, noisy, but there are many good metal points. Here are some tips which will help you with the maintenance. Always have in mind that if you need help, you can always contact a professional who will give their best to do a god job.
ASSESS THE SCOPE
Check overall conditions of the roof and its surface. An old metal roof needs a lot of cleaning because corrosion can occur. But, even an old metal roof needs low maintenance and cleaning if you did it on the regular basis. Maintenance prevents your roof from decaying and help you also with the cleaning when it is old. A new metal roof does not need much of the preparation or effort as the old one.
SAFETY COMES FIRST
Safety always needs to come first when the cleaning is on. Be sure you feel secure on the roof, and to reach any part of the roof with ease. You can also tie yourself with a rope for better security measures.
SCRAPE PAINT AND CORROSION
Avoid the scraping of the paint, because you can damage the roof. If you really need to do it, do not use metal instruments. Use a wire brush or a flat blade knife. Do not forget to be gentle so you don’t damage the real metal surface.
CLEAN THE MOLD AND MILDEW
There are many mixtures in the improvement stores which help you against mold and mildew. You can also make the mixture by yourself by mixing a gallon of water with a 1/2 cup of trisodium phosphate. Apply it with a soft brush and scrub the affected areas. Repeat this until there is no trace of mold and mildew. Then clean the metal surface with a hose. Clear it with water.
CLEAN THE DIRT AND DEBRIS
Clean all the debris and dirt with a pressure washer. Check the gutters, see if they need to be cleaned. Debris often gets in the gutters and block the water flow, which can cause leaks and other roofing problems.
PAINT IF NEEDED
After all the cleaning, you can repaint your metal roof. Apply a primer before the paint and it will prevent the roof from corrosion. The primer must be dried. After the primer and the color, apply a paint sealer for the best results, this way you have a great protection for your metal roofing system.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN THE METAL ROOFING SYSTEM?
A professional cleaning should bed one every 2 to 5 years. But cleaning the roof from debris and leaves should bed one on the regular basis (2-4 times a year) to ensure that your metal roofing system is in a great condition for a long time, according to Choice Solutions Roofing & Exteriors, one of the best roofing companies in Oklahoma City.
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