Metal roofs are built to last, but it doesn’t mean they don’t need care. The only way to get the longest lifespan out of your metal roof is to have it regularly maintained by a professional roofing contractor. 

The truth is, despite their many benefits, metal roofs come with some particular maintenance challenges. That’s why it’s essential you choose to work with qualified roofing professionals who have plenty of experience repairing metal roofs. 

Why Is Regular Maintenance Important?

Having your metal roof maintained on a regular basis allows you and your contractor to stay ahead of any potential issues, like leaks or repairs. Stopping small problems early prevents them from becoming big problems. Metal roofs are long-lasting, energy-efficient, durable, and available in an increasingly wide variety of design options. Your roof is a big investment, and it’s important to protect it. And while metal roofs are strong, they’re not indestructible. They can still be vulnerable to storm damage and shifting from heat, so it’s important to make sure routine maintenance is being carried out.

How Is Metal Roof Maintenance Different?

There are a few components which make metal roofs unique and require a specialized skill set to inspect, maintain, and repair them. Blow-offs, punctures and tears, loose fasteners, and ponding water are all issues to watch for on metal roofs. Metal roofs also experience a greater degree of expansion and contraction due to heat than any other roofing system. This puts a lot of pressure on the fasteners, overlapping seams, flashing flanges, and other roof components. Over time all of these crucial roofing components can separate, which allows moisture to get through.

How Long Does A Metal Roof Last?

The typical lifespan of a metal roof is around 50 years. It can last a lifetime if you take care of it, which is one of the reasons why maintenance is so crucial. It’s also important to remember some components of your roof will not last as long as the roof itself. Metal roofing screws, for example, tend to need replacement after 20 years, and maintenance is important for catching loose or damaged screws before they become an issue. 

Can Metal Roof Maintenance Save You Money Over Time?

Making sure your roof is well maintained can save you a lot of money in the long run. The cost of maintenance is nothing compared to the cost of replacing a metal roof, and it can take years to budget for a complete metal roof replacement. With routine maintenance, your roof will last longer and need fewer repairs. Maintenance also reduces the risk of extensive damage to the roof and the interior of your building. 

How Is The Cost For Roof Maintenance Determined?

Be sure to ask your contractor for an estimate before scheduling maintenance, including a breakdown of what they will do so you know exactly what you’re paying for. Several factors go into determining the cost of metal roof maintenance. These include the size of the roof, and how many components need to be looked at (flashing, vents, pipes, decking, and more). Maintenance may also cost more if your contractor discovers additional issues which require repairs. 

Can A Metal Roof Be Repaired?

In most cases, metal roofs can be repaired. If your roofing contractor discovers your metal roof has sustained damage, whether or not it can be repaired depends on the answers to these important questions:

  • How much damage is there?
  • How deep is the damage?
  • Is there hidden damage which also requires repair?

How Often Should Maintenance Be Done?

It’s best to schedule metal roof maintenance at least once a year, but twice a year is better. We generally advise having your roof inspected once in the spring and once in the fall because to ensure year-round protection. Spring maintenance is important to make sure your roof is still in good shape after a hard winter, while fall maintenance ensures your roof has not been damaged by extreme summer heat. 

Why Is Working With A Trusted Contractor So Important?

It’s important to form a relationship based on trust with a roofing contractor who you can count on. Having a trusted contractor working on your roof means they will get to know you and your roof, which makes them better able to take care of it. 

At Vanguard Roofing, we’ve been providing outstanding metal roof maintenance services in the Tri-State area since 1972. We’re committed to providing all your commercial roof needs. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.