Metal roofing systems are a common upgrade option for many residential homes as well as businesses. The misconception is that having a metal roof means less maintenance and fewer issues requiring repair. The truth is metal roofing can require costly repairs if the maintenance is not maintained. Here are some of the ways a lack of maintenance can cause roof contractor repairs to your metal roofing system. 

Proper Cleaning

One of the leading steps in the metal roofing maintenance process is to keep the roof clean. This means performing a routine sweeping and cleaning of debris from the roofing system. If you have gutters, you will need to include them in the cleaning. Any type of debris that remains on the roof for a long period of time can cause corrosion and rust. The debris can also wash into the gutters and pull making the gutters sag. When this happens, you now have issues with pulling on the roofing system. If proper cleaning is difficult, you can hire a roof cleaner for routine cleaning. 

Routine Inspection

It is a good idea to have a routine roofing inspection. Many homeowners ask their roofing contractor to do a routine inspection every year or so. This will allow them to ensure there are no damages from the year's storms. They can also catch issues with bent roofing or with damaged flashing and ventilation systems. Keep in mind, damage to all of these areas, or any part of your roofing system, can lead to repair issues. By having a routine inspection, you can catch issues before they are less of a repair and more of a replacement issue. 


Many metal roofs have a sealant that is applied. This can be part of the paint color if you chose a color. It can also be a separate clear seal coat. This seal is supposed to help maintain the metal roofing from weather damage, water damage, and ice. Just like waterproofing your outside deck, you will need to have your roof resealed on a regular basis. Depending on the kind of seal that is used, your roofing contractor can tell you how often his maintenance process should be done. 

These are just a few of the ways that a lack of maintenance for your metal roof can cause costly repairs. If you have not been maintaining your metal roof, contact your roof contractor. They will inspect your roof and discuss options for repairs with you. If there are serious issues, they will discuss roof replacement. If you are unsure how to maintain your metal roof system properly, discuss proper maintenance with your roof contractor.  

Reach out to a local roofer to learn more.