A metal roof looks stunning on any commercial or residential property. Just like any other roofing material, however, it does require some level of maintenance to keep it in optimal condition. You will want to clean your metal roof routinely, not only keep it looking great but also to prevent premature wear and tear. Here are a few tips on how to properly clean your metal roof.
Clean Off Debris
The first step to properly cleaning your metal roof is to clear all the leaves, sticks, pine needles, and other debris that may have fallen on your roof. Get onto your roof and use a soft-bristled broom to sweep off the debris. Routinely cleaning off your roof should be done, as fallen leaves and dirt can trap moisture, which can cause your metal roof to become damaged over time.
The best way to clean a metal roof is not to pressure wash it. Using a pressure-based cleaning device can strip the coating off your metal roof. Instead, a mild detergent made from sodium hypochlorite with a surfactant is the preferred method by many roof cleaning companies and recommended by metal roofing manufacturers.
If you decide that you still would like to use a pressure-based cleaning device, you need to take extra care in not applying too much pressure to avoid either stripping the coating or spraying into roof vents.
Stay Off the Roof
Do not go onto the roof during the cleaning process. A metal roof will become increasingly slick and slippery. If you go onto your roof while it is still wet, the risk of a fall or accident is much greater.
Your roof should be cleaned every few years, and it is always best if you hire a professional. For more information about metal roofing, contact Peak Roofing & Construction. Call (972) 335-7325 (Dallas-Fort Worth) or 512-415-6888 (Austin), to schedule an appointment today.