The Roof. It is arguably one of the most over worked and under appreciated part of any house. It would probably come as a surprise to some that roofs still have to be maintained. “Maintenance” goes beyond sealing up holes or giving it a fresh coat of paint. The process of maintaining your roof starts by knowing what kind of roof has been installed.
There are different kinds of roof systems used on both homes and commercial buildings. The most common type of roof is the traditional tiles. Countries like England and the Mid-Atlantic use natural slate. Each kind of roof type has its own set of characteristics which affect their durability and longevity. If you are looking for a roof that is durable and would last a long time, then opt for metal type roofing. Metal Roofs have a very long life expectancy and have been used for centuries.
In order to know what kind of maintenance should be done on the metal roof, it is important to first identify what kind of metal roof it is. There are two kinds of metal roofs: Architectural and Structural. Architectural roofs are those that provide waterproofing layers and are aesthetically appealing. Structural metal roofs are those that can act as roof decks and provide a waterproofing layer similar to the wall cladding on modular homes. This type of roofing is the one that can commonly be seen in commercial buildings. Both these types of roofing are eco-friendly, with the ability to be recycled by simply melting down the metal,as we touched on in this post.
After identifying what type or form is installed, the next step is to identify what type of metal was used. The most common type of metal used for roofs are: steel, aluminum, copper and tin. Some roofs are also made of zinc and lead coated copper but this is rare in Australia as there is legislation in place which forbids certain materials to be used on anything that may collect drinking water.
To wash a metal roof, simply use a water hose or power washer to remove the dirt and grime. If there are still some dirt left, a brush with some detergent or trisodium phosphate can get the job done. Avoid using sharp cleaning tools like wire brushes or steel wool as they may damage the protective coating of the metal roof. Metal roofs that have polymer coatings like Kynar would require maintenance once the coating fades. The coating hardly ever fades and would usually last a lifetime. Roofing made of steel, zinc or copper have a very long lifespan as well and would only require maintenance if there was a problem with the design or installation.
A house isn’t much of a house if it doesn’t have a roof. Taking care of your roof, or investing in a good one, is a major part of house maintenance.