PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Fall is a good time for homeowners to roll up their sleeves and prepare for the upcoming cold weather season.
That means starting at the top by getting a home's roof in shape. While metal roofs are well-known for being easy to maintain, long-lasting and durable, the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) recommends homeowners care for and clean their metal roofs regularly to ensure maximum performance.
Cleaning a metal roof helps reduce damaging elements such as pollution, airborne dirt, organic material debris, pollen and mildew. Thanks to special coatings and paint, cleaning a metal roof is not only easy, but more environmentally friendly, eliminating the need for harsh chemicals. While it's always good to check with the specific manufacturer, below is a simple DIY home cleaning remedy useful for most metal roofs, based on guidance from leading MRA members:
- If water alone isn't enough, mix 1/4 cup detergent (including mild laundry detergents, car washing soap, mild dish soap) per gallon of water.
- Apply the solution to roof surface using washcloth, sponge, a soft bristle brush and/or non-abrasive pad. Use the lightest touch that will effectively do the job.
- Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Thoroughly rinse surface with plain water.
For more stubborn substances such as grease, tar or mildew, always follow the recommendations of the metal roof manufacturer. Other tips for metal roof maintenance:
- Make it a habit. Fall is good time to perform roof maintenance such as inspecting and repairing potential damage, cleaning out gutters, trimming vegetation away from the roof and ensuring snow guards are in place.
- Follow directions. Don't overuse cleaning agents on your metal roof. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to help protect and maintain roof warranties. Never use steel wool, wire brushes, sandpaper, high pressure power washers, souring powders, paint removers or thinners on a metal roof.
- Take care. There are many safety precautions to consider when getting up on any type of roof, no matter what the material. Hiring a professional, reputable roof cleaning service is the best way to ensure safety and a job well done.
For more information about metal roofs, visit Metal Roofing Alliance at www.metalroofing.com
Contact: Darcie Meihoff, Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), email@example.com or 971-998-3782
SOURCE Metal Roofing Alliance