Tips for Maintaining Your Metal Roofing in Springfield, MA

January 11, 2019 6:23 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

One of the biggest benefits associated with metal roofing is that it is relatively maintenance free in comparison to standard asphalt shingles. That being said, there are still some tips you can (and should) take to make sure your metal roofing in Springfield, MA stays in good condition for years to come. After all, you’ve put the money into installing it on your commercial building, so why not do everything you can to protect the investment?

Here are a few tips from our roofing contractors that will keep your building’s metal roof in great shape:

  • Try to avoid going on the roof: Metal roofs are thinner than other types of roofing materials, which means they are more susceptible to bending, puncturing and other types of damage. Too much foot traffic on the roof can result in low spots that can give water places to build up. This can be especially problematic during the winter, as these water pools turn into ice and expand. In addition, metal roofs are slick even in dry conditions, but especially so in wet and icy conditions. If you don’t have a good reason to be up there, it’s better and safer to just avoid it.
  • Keep your gutters clean: If the gutters don’t drain properly, they’re going to back up and start doing some damage to the fascia system. In wintertime, the ice from a backed-up gutter will attempt to push itself into spaces underneath the metal. Therefore, you should make sure you clean out your gutters at least once a year to prevent this from being an issue.
  • Keep an eye out for loose fasteners: There are a couple main techniques used to secure metal roofing on to the framing of a building. The most common is to use exposed fasteners, which tend to be screws with neoprene washers that protect against water intrusion. These fasteners can come loose over time, especially at the edges of the building, which can allow wind to get underneath and potentially damage the roofing. Therefore, conduct a visual inspection of your roof once or twice a year just to make sure there aren’t any loose fasteners coming up.
  • Clear snow: A little bit of snow buildup on a metal roof is fine, but if you’ve recently had a huge blizzard, it’s highly recommended that you remove snow and ice to the extent that is both possible and safe. If it starts to pile up in very large quantities to the point where it could damage the framing, you’re going to want to get it off. In addition, metal roofs can shed snow in avalanche-like amounts, which can be a big-time safety hazard that you’re going to want to avoid.

These are just a few simple tips that will go a long way toward protecting your metal roofing in Springfield, MA all year long, throughout all four seasons. If you have any questions about how you can best maintain your commercial property’s metal roof, we encourage you to contact R & H Roofing, LLP today.

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