By Jonny Suchor.
While metal roofs are designed to last with little need for maintenance, metal can still be vulnerable to extreme weather. Regular maintenance is important to keep it functioning as intended. As the country's leading manufacturer of high-quality metal roof systems, MBCI values the importance of roof maintenance and inspections. Here are five maintenance guidelines to ensure a long-lasting roof:
MBCI strongly emphasizes safety. It’s no secret that being a roofing contractor is a dangerous job considering people are on rooftops daily. This is why MBCI advocates for strict adherence to OSHA regulations and other safety standards. Fall protection and personal safety equipment are non-negotiable, as failure to comply can lead to serious injury or death and substantial fines.
An annual roof check is crucial. MBCI advises that contractors, “Check the joints in roof panels and associated trims for proper seals and loose fasteners." For any repairs needed, contacting the original installation contractor or MBCI is recommended.
Keeping gutters and downspouts clear is important to roof performance, and MBCI, recommends this cleaning be done at least twice a year. MBCI warns against practices that could impede water flow, such as "using wood to support rooftop equipment or pipes, which contains salts or copper sulfate which deteriorates the roof and voids the warranty coverage." It’s also important to make sure any appliances mounted on the rooftop, like AC units and evaporative coolers, are properly equipped with correct drainage systems to avoid water ponding on the roof.
Regular inspections are vital, especially after severe weather events. MBCI encourages inspecting roofs for "debris, loose panels/trims/fasteners/closures and punctures" after high winds and for damaged trim and loose fasteners after hailstorms.
One way to prolong the life of a metal roof is managing foot traffic. MBCI suggests installing roof walkway systems and minimizing unnecessary traffic to protect the metal roof systems.
MBCI's guidelines serve as a comprehensive approach to roof maintenance and inspections, emphasizing the balance between preventive care and safety to ensure the longevity of your metal roof.
Jonny Suchor is a writer for the Coffee Shops and AskARoofer™. When he's not working, he can be found in the mountains on a fly fishing or skiing adventure.
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