5 Ways to Prepare Your Metal Roof for the Upcoming Summer

5 Ways to Prepare Your Metal Roof for the Upcoming Summer

The warm weather will be here before you know it! Now is the perfect time to get your metal shingles ready for the summer heat. A little preparation and maintenance can help your roof withstand the elements and last for years to come. According to U.S. News and World Report, metal roofs have a lifespan that ranges from 40 to 70 years. Follow these tips to make sure your roof is summer-ready.

1. Inspect for Damage

Climb up and take a close look at your metal shingles. Check for any loose, cracked, or missing shingles. Also look for corrosion, which can occur when water sits on the metal. Make repairs now before rain and wind can cause bigger issues. Replacing just a few metal shingles is much easier than repairing extensive damage later.

2. Clear Debris

Remove any branches, leaves, and other debris that may have accumulated over fall and winter. Materials that sit on your metal roof can lead to accelerated corrosion and deterioration. It only takes a few minutes to get up there with a broom or leaf blower to clear things off. You’ll also want to clean out your gutters so they can effectively divert water away from your roof.

3. Reseal Vulnerable Areas

Pay special attention to areas where water runoff is likely, such as around chimneys, skylights, and vents. Reapply sealant if needed to prevent leaks. Look for cracks or gaps in the sealant and remove the old sealant before applying a new one. Taking care of small leaks now prevents major roof damage down the road.

4. Coat Metal Shingles

Consider applying a protective coating, such as elastomeric roof coating, to your metal shingles. This adds an extra barrier against sun damage and helps reflect heat. Be sure to use a coating specifically made for metal roofs. Carefully follow the application instructions for the best results. Proper preparation is key to getting the coating to adhere correctly.

5. Schedule Semi-Annual Checkups

Get in the habit of inspecting your metal roof in the spring and fall each year. This helps you stay on top of any developing issues before they become big problems. In the spring, clear off debris and check for damage after winter winds and storms. In the fall, make sure leaves and pine needles aren’t accumulating. Stay vigilant and your metal shingles can last for decades.

Taking a little time for roof maintenance now will pay off all summer long. With your metal shingles prepped for sunny days ahead, you can enjoy the warm weather knowing your roof is in great shape. Schedule an appointment with Metal Roofing Systems today to get your roof ready for summer.

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