making decisions about roof replacements

making decisions about roof replacements

How To Maintain Your Business's Metal Roof So It Looks New

by Lorraine Fisher

Many businesses use metal roofing because it has great longevity, is cost effective, and does a wonderful job at insulating a building. However, you may not be happy with how the condition of the material can look over time. If the roof can be seen from the street, a bad looking roof can affect the way that customers think about your business. Here are a few tips for keeping the roof looking great over the years.

Remove Debris on the Surface

You may notice that debris has been collecting on your metal roof, such as leaves and sticks from nearby trees. These items cause water to be trapped on your roof, which leads to the development of rust.

Start by identifying places in the roof where the coating has worn off due to scratches or wear and tear, since you may need to reapply a new protective roof coating to prevent rust from forming. You should also be removing debris so that it cannot trap the water that causes rust. Both of these things will give your roof a fighting chance against becoming damaged from moisture.

Fix Loose Screws

Another problem with a metal roof is how the screws can back out from the roof, causing the metal roofing panels to not be as secure as they once were. This can eventually lead to water getting underneath the metal roofing. Unfortunately, metal roofing material is not given a protective coat on the underside of the roofing material, which should not be exposed to water, causing rust to form from behind the roofing material.

Make sure to inspect the roof for loose screws and have them tightened or replaced if they are missing. You can do this yourself, or have a roofing contractor do this for you during an annual inspection.

Clean the Gutters

Clogged gutters will allow water to back up and reach the bottom edge of your metal roofing material. This is another place where rust can easily form as the roofing material will have paint that lifts up from the surface and fall off it. This creates a large portion of metal that can be exposed to rust, which is a situation that could have been easily avoided.

These are just a few tips that can help improve the look of the roof on your commercial building. For more tips on what you can do, reach out to a local roofing contractor that offers commercial roofing services.


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making decisions about roof replacements

Is the roof on your home ready for replacement? If so, do you know what type of roofing you are going to have installed to replace it? Will you have the existing roof removed, or just have the home re-roofed? You will face several decisions while you work to replace the roof on your home. Scroll through my site to find a great list that can help you decide what product and method of installation will be best for your home. Hopefully, the information provided will take some of the confusion and stress out of this big, important home improvement project.