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WA Roof Repair and Maintenance Tips for Your Metal Roof

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Metal is a good roofing choice for residents of the Evergreen State, as the material is considerably more durable than the others, and extremely pleasing to the eye. Installing them is fairly easy, as they can be set directly on top of an existing roof. Then again, regardless of its proven durability, metal roof is vulnerable to corrosion and other damages that can shorten its lifespan. Regular maintenance and repair will keep it in good condition for many years.

Prevention is your best defense against corrosion. It is important to inspect your metal roof regularly and have any problems addressed by a WA roof repair specialist immediately. If you use different metal types for roofing and flashing, be sure to prevent these from directly touching each other because chemical reactions can occur between them thus inviting corrosion. Avoid this by proper painting and coating of the panels.

Keeping the roof surface clear of debris is one of the most important metal roof maintenance steps you can do. All roof systems are designed to shed water, and if there's debris, your metal roof could lose this capability. It then transforms into a biological petri dish where algae, moss, and lichens could thrive.

Keeping the roof clean is another crucial step to ensure that your metal roof lasts as long as expected. “Soft washing” using proper detergents is the recommended cleaning method by most metal roof manufacturers. This can be done by pressure washing a mild solution of sodium hypochlorite mixed with a mild surfactant or biodegradable detergent onto the roof.

However, since the use of a pressure washer is required in the process, you need to take extra care to avoid forcing the solution into the underside of the roof. For your safety, never attempt to walk on your roof during the cleaning process as the solution will make the surface very slippery and a fall resulting in injury or worse may occur. If you have a low-slope metal roof, it's best to leave the cleaning job to experienced roofers in Pasco to ensure that it's done properly.

Metal roofs have a life expectancy of 50 years. With proper care, maintenance and repair, it's possible for your metal roof to exceed that number considerably. Discover the different types of metal roofs from

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