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Look after your roof: our basic metal roofing maintenance guide

One of the advantages of opting for metal roofing installation is how low-maintenance it is compared to other roofing materials. You won’t have to worry about moss, mould, or loose tiles.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that your metal roof can be ignored!

While the maintenance requirements are certainly lower, we still recommend periodic metal roofing maintenance to ensure your roof looks good and stays strong for years to come.

Luckily, maintaining a metal roof is relatively straightforward – especially when compared to other roofing materials.

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What makes metal roofing installation less maintenance heavy?

Unlike maintaining a tiled roof, metal roofing is considerably easier. There are a couple of reasons for this.

For starters, metal roofing is inherently more straightforward than tile. Tiled roofs are made up of hundreds of individual tiles, with plenty of small gaps for moss to grow, or for dirt and debris to enter.

By contrast, metal roofing uses large sheets which minimise the amount of gaps and crevices where unwanted plant growth and debris can enter.

Not to mention, metal roofing is more than just sheet metal. Watermaster Roofing chooses COLORBOND metal roofing – one of the reasons is its in-built resistance to damage and wear.

Each sheet is specially-formulated to resist decades of exposure.

They also feature proprietary coatings that protect the metal from rust and corrosion, further reducing the amount of active maintenance you need to do when you opt for metal roofing installation.

Of course, low-maintenance is not the same as no maintenance!

The essential metal roofing maintenance checklist

Luckily for you, the majority of the maintenance you’ll be performing on your metal roof are surface level, and can be completed on your own if you have a couple of hours to put aside.

Better yet, let the pros take care of it: Watermaster Roofing can provide all kinds of roof maintenance, from guttering and roof plumbing to inspections that help us diagnose problems and create the right remedies.

Surface-level roofing maintenance begins with a thorough inspection of  your metal roof.

Clean gutters and drains

In our experience, some of the most common problems with metal roofing aren’t in the roof itself, but in the roof plumbing!

Gutter and drain cleaning is an essential part of metal roof maintenance. Neglecting your drains and gutters can lead to build-up in your gutters, which in turn may cause:

  • Roof leaks
  • Damaged foundations
  • Mould growth
  • Rotten wood

Click here to find out how often should your gutters be cleaned. Need a roof plumber in Melbourne? Get in touch with Watermaster Roofing!

Getting rid of mildew, dirt and stains

Spot any mildew, dirt, and stains that can bring potential harm to your metal roofing.

Thankfully, this can be as simple as cleaning off your metal roof every once in a while with a hose. This can help extend the life of your roof, and help it maintain its appearance going forward.

Of course, you probably don’t have the time, desire, and importantly, the right equipment to safely do this yourself. So why stress? Leave it to Watermaster.

Removing anything that overhangs your metal roof

Next time you’re out the front of your house or in the backyard, look up, and take note of any branches, trees, or other objects that hang over the surface of your metal roof. These have the ability to cause serious damage to the surface of your roof during a storm or a particularly windy day – don’t take the risk!

Our metal roofing experts can help you decide what poses a risk to your roof, and what’s safe to leave.

Structural roofing maintenance

While the structure and internals of your metal roofing can go many years without being looked at, time does eventually take its toll.

For homes with older metal roofs, you’ll want to ensure that the structure is also carefully looked at.

During a deeper inspection of your metal roof, your experienced roofing contractor will look at…

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Fasteners and screws, rivets

Fasteners, screws, rivets… you can thank these for holding your metal roof together!

During a deeper inspection, your metal roofing expert will ensure that there aren’t any loose, damaged, rusty, and missing fasteners or screws.

This minimises the risk of screws and fasteners pulling out in the event of inclement weather. If it’s been a while since you last looked at these, we suggest calling someone to check (and if necessary, replace them) ASAP.

Checking panel seams

Metal roofing installation doesn’t just involve layering metal sheets over each other – many modern metal roofs use locking systems for extra security and improved weather resistance.

Some use a snap-lock, while others use mechanical locks, although there are other locking systems out there.

Extreme heat and cold weather can bring about movement on your metal roofing panels. Over time, this can loosen your metal roofing seams and negatively affect the locking system.

Call our team of roofing experts to check all areas for damage and maintain any that need to be tightened, adjusted or fixed.

Flashing materials

How do you stop water from getting in from the ridges and edges of your roof? With roof flashing, that’s how!

Damaged roof flashings can cause roofing leaks if not inspected regularly. Schedule an on-site metal roofing inspection to ensure that all flashing materials are in good shape and are sealed well.

Need metal roofing maintenance? Call Melbourne’s metal roof experts today!

Avoid roofing problems

Regular roofing maintenance helps homeowners identify any metal roofing problems that might arise over time:

  • Leaks
  • Gutter problems
  • Insulation problems
  • Cracks and dents
  • Storm damage

Whatever the issue is, you can trust Watermaster Roofing to provide a fix!

Extend the life of your roof

Metal roofing has long been tried and tested for many years. Regular inspections identify problems, helping extend the already impressive lifespan of your metal roofing installation.

Keep your roof looking fantastic

Do you love the look of your roof? So does the team at Watermaster Roofing!

Maintain the aesthetic value of your metal roofing with regular roof maintenance from our Masterful roofing team. We ensure your roofing is functional and that it also looks great.

Call Watermaster Roofing for all things metal roofing in Melbourne

With 20 years of experience, you can’t go past Watermaster Roofing for your next metal roof inspection.

Our team of metal roofing experts are dedicated to delivering high-quality standard of service. Whether it’s metal roofing installation, repairs or a routine inspection, you can trust our team to deliver Masterful service.

Book your metal roofing maintenance with Watermaster Roofing on 1300 576 075 or request a quote from us for your next roofing project.

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