Three Annoying Problems to Avoid After Having a Metal Roof Installed

Some people are under the misguided impression that a metal roof is a nuisance in the rain because it'll magnify the sounds of the raindrops into a deafening roar. This is probably because they've experienced a rainstorm in a barn or outbuilding with an uninsulated roof, and they don't realize it's the lack of insulation that makes the roof loud rather than the material that the roof is made of. However, there are some things that can genuinely cause a metal roof owner grief, while not being likely to actually cause the roof to collapse. Here are three things to avoid when you have a new metal roof, which you might not have thought of when you owned an asphalt roof. 

1. Spraying paint

Using a spray applicator for paint can save a contractor lots of time and make it easier to apply paint in an even coat. However, paint drift can be a real problem with this kind of paint application. If the paint drifts onto any type of roof, you may have difficulty getting it off, but it's especially likely to show up and look bad on a pristine, shiny metal roof. If your metal roof is painted, you can simply re-paint it, but if you were going for the natural metal roof look, it may be difficult or impossible to get your pristine roof back without actually replacing with new panels.

2. Spraying the roof with a hose

Cleaning a metal roof can often consist of simply pulling debris out of valleys with a long-handled, soft brush (perhaps an extendable window-cleaning brush) or sometimes sweeping wet leaves gently off of the roof slope, although metal roofs are usually pretty good about shedding debris from any area that's not a valley. However, sometimes a metal roof owner will want to give the roof an extra good cleaning and will make the mistake of spraying it with a strong spray from the ground with a garden hose. There are two ways this can go wrong. First, if your aim is a little off, you can end up getting water up under the eaves. Second, if the spray is strong enough, you may be able to actually force water between the overlapped panels by mistake. Either way, this could introduce water damage and end up being costly, especially if you don't notice the damage at first.

3. Wearing white sneakers on the roof

Walking on a metal roof is seldom a good idea because metal roofs tend to be very slippery and have a high slope (two of the attributes that lend to their self-cleaning tendency), and some areas may not be able to support your weight without buckling. But even if you're doing it safely, walking on a lower-slope area and being careful to walk only on well-supported sections of roof, wearing white shoes could leave ugly white marks. Again, the pristine surface of your roof will be marred. Sure, it's just an annoyance, and staying safe is much more important, but if at all possible you should try to avoid wearing white sneakers if you ever have to go up on your metal roof.

These three problems are often more of a nuisance than anything else, but as a new owner of a metal roof you'll want to avoid rookie mistakes and keep your roof looking clean and bright as long as possible. After all, it may last several times longer than an asphalt roof, so you'll have to keep it looking good for quite a while. Talk to contractors like Emerald Roofing for more tips.