Metal roofs have risen in popularity for commercial construction, and they’ve been a mainstay in industrial construction for many years. It’s obvious why. Metal is very strong, and you can expect it to last a long time.

Despite that expectation, metal roofing is capable of sustaining damage. That’s why you need to know the basics of maintenance. When you take care of your metal roof, it can easily last 50 years or more. When you let regular care lapse, you can shorten that time frame by decades.

To help you get the most out of your roof, these five tips will walk you through the essentials. When you regularly deploy all five of them, you give your roof everything it needs to stay in top shape.

Clean It

Even though it’s metal, your roof can suffer damage and wear from dirt and debris. At the very least you want to wash your roof. Since it’s a roof, you know the metal is protected against water. You can use a bucket of soapy water and a brush for your regular cleaning.

When you periodically wash the roof, it prevents the dirt and objects from damaging the protective layer. It also makes everything look better.

You can also have the roof professionally cleaned. The pros will know what kind of power washing/cleaning techniques to use, and they can get a deep, lasting clean that is good for the roof.

Clear It

Clearing is certainly part of cleaning, but it might need to be done more frequently. Any time a significant object gets up on the roof, get it down. Tree branches and other wind-blown stuff can scratch or damage the outer layer of the roof. This can break the protective barrier and allow for rust or other corrosion. So even if you aren’t going to fully wash the roof, at least clear it.

This also applies to gutters. Typically, they should be cleared twice a year. This is usually enough to keep them in good shape, but if they ever seem to struggle between those two clearings, give them another round.

Lastly, you want to clear the area around your roof. Primarily, this refers to trees and keeping them pruned and healthy. If there is something else that could fall on your roof, try to keep that in good shape too.

Inspect It

There are DIY and professional inspections, and your roof needs both. You should get up there (or get someone up there) at least four times a year to look for obvious signs of damage. The primary concern with DIY inspections is the presence of scratches. If you see a puncture or any other damage, that is also worth noting and needs early attention.

You should also get an annual inspection. Roofing pros will notice things that are not obvious to the uninitiated. Annual inspections allow you to spot early signs of trouble and commit to minor repairs. Without them, problems can compound and become more expensive and difficult to solve.

Repair It

The inspection is there to find trouble, and eventually, it will. When that happens, it’s time to jump on top of repairs. Some metal roofing repairs are easy. Others require expertise.

For superficial scratches, mineral treatments or outer coating touch-ups do fine, and you don’t need professional help for that.

As soon as the damage goes beyond superficial, it’s best to hire a pro for the repair. Metal roofing requires specialized skills and knowledge. With that knowledge, many repairs end up being minor and affordable.

Refinish It

Most metal roofs have some kind of finish on them. Copper roofs are the typical exception. If you have a protective coating or paint on your metal roof, the finish will need some love every now and then. Most finishes will last a number of years, but your inspections will eventually reveal that the finish is wearing thin.

At that time, a new layer of finish is in order. It protects the metal, and it keeps the roof pretty. Depending on the roof, this might be a DIY job, but for the sake of safety and efficiency, it’s always worth getting a quote from an expert.

Metal roofs are made to last. When you take care of them, they will often last an entire lifetime. But you have to put in the effort. If you don’t want to make regular trips up the ladder, or if you’re due for some professional help, contact Paradigm Roofing for metal roof maintenance and repairs. We offer all of the services you will need to keep your roof in top shape.