Admittedly, we may be a bit biased when we say this, but metal roof installation can be one of the best decisions you make for your home.
When it comes to durability, energy efficiency and safety, metal roofing is the number one choice.
And more and more homeowners are taking note, choosing metal roofing over other roofing materials.
The recent uptake of metal roofing comes with its own problems however. Namely, a lot of homeowners don’t know the first thing about looking after their shiny new metal roofs. In many cases, it’s even led to considerable roofing damage!
Fortunately, metal roofs are very low-maintenance, easily lasting 50+ years with minimal attention.
That said, they’re not invincible! That’s why we’ve put together this quick list of the do’s and don’ts of metal roofing. If you’ve recently had a metal roof installation, pay attention!
Don’t: try to DIY your metal roof
Many of us fall into the trap of watching home improvement shows like The Block and start to believe that we have skills to pull off our own home improvement projects.
After all, if this random pair of best friends can do an entire house, then installing your own roof should be a piece of cake, right?!
While most might be able to handle a couple of small-scale DIY projects, metal roof installation is one thing you should always call a professional for.
Installing your own roofing comes with significant dangers – least of all, the risk of physical injury. Tragically, falling remains the leading cause of workplace fatalities on construction sites in spite of modern OHS regulations and safety equipment.
Professionals know how to navigate this treacherous work environment. You don’t.
In addition to the personal risks, there’s also the risk of inadvertently causing permanent damage or using poor techniques on your shiny new metal roof.
Even something as simple as walking on your roof can cause damage if you step on areas that aren’t supported by your house’s rafters!
The key takeaway? Never DIY when it comes to your roof. Instead, call a licensed roofing professional.
Don’t: assume that all roof materials are alike
When planning for a roof installation, you must think carefully about the different roofing materials available, and which is best for your budget, style, and functionality.
When considering material for your roof installation, you should remember that different roofing materials vary in their lifespan, structure and durability.
You wouldn’t buy a house with American-style shingle roofing and expect it to last as long as a metal roof. Metal roofs routinely outlast shingles and tiles by decades, and with significantly less maintenance!
Strong winds or storms can unhinge shingles, leaving your roof exposed to water damage, and unfortunately, most types of roof shingles cannot be recycled. Shingles can also retain water, leaving them susceptible to rot as well as the growth of mould.
Tiles can look classy, but they’re not immune to their own set of drawbacks.
Delicate material = more susceptible to wear and tear, thus potentially reducing the lifespan of your tiled roof.
Tiles are significantly heavier, which means further precautions and modifications are often required on your roof to support this additional weight.
Tiles are more immune to cracks which can result in roofing leaks. Further, all the nooks and crannies of tiled roofs can lead to mould and moss growth.
Do: schedule regular roof inspections and maintenance
Your metal roof might be resistant to the elements, but it’s not invincible!
Fortunately, with metal roofing, a little bit of regular maintenance is all that’s needed to keep it healthy for years to come.
We recommend getting your metal roof inspected once every two or so years – homeowners living in challenging environments such as coastal or alpine regions may have to arrange inspections more frequently.
Don’t wait for things to go wrong before calling a pro.
Talk to a roofing expert like Watermaster Roofing to schedule regular inspections of your metal roof.
They don’t even have to be that frequent – scheduling an annual or semi-annual check-up can go a long way towards keeping your roof in good shape for the long haul!
Do: choose COLORBOND steel
At Watermaster Roofing, we choose COLORBOND steel for all our roofing projects… and so should you!
COLORBOND metal roofing is the most popular metal roofing product in Australia. Here are a couple of reasons why Aussies all over the country continue to choose COLORBOND for their new metal roof.
COLORBOND looks better for longer!
COLORBOND roofing has a truly impressive lifespan.
It is specially formulated to resist harsh Australian conditions, guaranteeing a great-looking roof for decades to come.
Better temperature control
Metal roofing keeps you cooler in summer and warmer in winter thanks to fantastic reflective and insulating qualities.
Not only does this improve your comfort, but it can also save you a small fortune on power.
It doesn’t break the bank
Due to its larger sheets, metal roof installation can be a more cost-effective solution than tile or shingle roof installation. As such, installation is normally quicker, too.
Curious to learn more about COLORBOND? Talk to our roofing experts and organise an obligation-free consultation.
Do: cut and clear branches, and keep your gutters clean
When it comes to roofing of any sort, overhanging branches are public enemy number one!
Sure, they might not be causing you much trouble now. But if a strong wind picks up, you could be left significant damage, including drainage issues. That’s why we strongly recommend clearing out any overhanging tree branches ASAP.
Another aspect a lot of homeowners aren’t aware of is the impact debris can have on your gutters.
Leaving overhanging branches can block your gutters and downspouts with fallen leaves, which can in turn lead to a whole bunch of complications.
Consider cutting, trimming, or clearing those tree branches to keep your home unharmed.
Do: choose the right professionals for metal roof installations
This one’s a biggie.
Looking for a metal roof installation expert in Melbourne?
If you need help, advice, or would like to book an inspection with Melbourne’s metal roofing experts, don’t hesitate to contact the Watermaster Roofing team.