Almost a month has passed by, yet we’re still finding evidence of January’s dust rain popping up everywhere we look.
In corners, underneath bins, tucked away behind the garden shed… it almost makes you want to spray the whole town with a hose!
And of course, who could forget your roof?
Most of us don’t pay much attention to our roofs. In fact, there’s a chance that there’s still some dust lingering on roofs throughout the city.
Needless to say, this can affect your curb appeal!
Like any other types of roof, metal roof maintenance and cleaning are crucial if you want your home to continue looking fantastic. While the amount isn’t anywhere near other types of roofing, it’s still something you’ll have to consider.
Luckily for you, metal roofing maintenance is a low-effort venture!
Why metal roofing needs to be cleaned
Your roof is a major investment – take good care of that investment, and you’ll have a strong, durable roof that will be with you for decades.
Luckily for you, metal roofing is low maintenance – in many cases, the only maintenance you’ll have to do is wash it from time to time!
A roof plumber in Melbourne explains the importance of cleaning your gutters
Our team doesn’t just install roofs – we’re also experienced roof plumbers too.
While it may not sound like it, gutter maintenance is an important part of roof maintenance – you can’t have a healthy roof without a healthy gutter!
In summation, a healthy gutter system:
- Stops water from pooling up on your roof
- Reduces water damage
- Drains rainwater
Should your gutters fail or become blocked with leaves and other debris, rainwater might end up pooling up or overflowing – you could be left with a host of different issues including water damage or roof leaks, just to name a few.
Luckily, the solution is simple: just clean out your gutters once (preferably twice) a year!
This is as simple as putting on a pair of gloves, bringing up a ladder and getting to work (with the exception of second storey gutters – those may require a professional).
Got a deeper problem with your gutters? Need some pretty urgent roof repairs?
Call our roof plumbers in Melbourne for assistance!
Give them a rinse every now and then
It’s simple – so simple, that there’s no excuse not to do it!
A lot of different debris can end up on your roof. There’s dirt, leaves, twigs, even road dust, and, as we mentioned earlier, unexpected dirt like our dust rain last month.
None of this looks very photogenic if left for long enough, and they can seriously bring down your curb appeal. Thankfully, regularly washing can be all you need to do to keep your roof looking pristine.
Just bear in mind that a regular hose won’t do the trick – you’ll need to rent a pressure hose to get more stubborn messes to budge.
For extra cleaning power, don’t be afraid to pair your pressure hose with roof cleaning products such as roof treatment or cleaner.
Do I need to worry about rust?
In a word: no.
Many people worry that if they clean off their metal roof too much, it may start rusting. Others are concerned about rust developing, and whether or not they can get rid of it.
Luckily, rust isn’t something you have to worry about (assuming your metal roofing installation was performed property, of course!)
At Watermaster Roofing, we use durable COLORBOND metal roofing for many of our jobs.
Unlike ordinary sheet metal, COLORBOND roofing is specially engineered to last.
Using proprietary protecting coatings, special paints and unique compositions, we can leave you with a roof that you can be confident will last for years without issue.
Before you get to work on your roof…
Before you break out the ladder and start spritzing your roof, there are a couple of things you’ll need to do first…
Check the weather
First thing’s first, you’ll want to check the weather to ensure it’s appropriate for working on the roof.
If it is scorching hot, you’ll want to prepare by kitting yourself out with appropriate protective gear. In addition to sunscreen and headwear, that also includes sunglasses – many metal roofs use a high-gloss finish, which may affect your eyesight.
Narrow down what you can do on your own
It’s your roof, and you want to clean it. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to take care of your home.
However, there is a problem when parts of your roof cleaning are too risky to perform on your own, you simply can’t do them yourself!
This is especially true for anything involving a second storey roof, or pitched roofs – these come with an increased risk of accident or injury that just isn’t worth it.
Make sure you’re using suitable products
If you are going to use chemicals or products to clean the roof, make sure that you choose one that won’t permanently damage your roof.
Choosing the wrong chemicals for cleaning may cause decay in your roof, or cause the paint to discolour.
Keep your metal roof pristine (and clean) for years to come
What’s the secret to a…
- Better-looking house?
- Higher resale value?
- Low maintenance roof?
The answer: metal roofing installation.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of metal roofing, or are keen to organise an inspection of your current roof, get in touch with our roofing specialists.