Metal roofs need the most minimal maintenance and perhaps rarely. When it comes to maintaining your metal roofs, there are different sets of tasks you must carry out. Structural maintenance of metal roofs is an expert job to be accomplished by professional metal roof installers Ottawa since they will have the necessary tools, implements, knowledge and skills needed for these tasks. Also, know that this is not a do it yourself job and spending an affordable amount every year on structural maintenance can ensure the safety of the roof, inmates and building and pave way for their long performance.
When to think of structural maintenance
The question when must you think of structural maintenance does not have a universal answer. This can depend on the kind of metal roof you have installed and the stress factors to which your metal roof is exposed including winds, debris, moisture, heat, cold, temperature fluctuations and other natural and manmade factors. Experts recommend performing a professional maintenance of your metal roof at least once in every two years. When you want to contract professionals to attend on your metal roof’s structural maintenance, knowing what is to be done can help you ensure if they are doing the job properly.
Fasteners, rivets and screws
Fasteners, rivets and screws and components used to attach the metal roof panels to the structure. Though they are made to last for years, checking them can make sure that they are not loose angled, missing or crooked. In case of exposed fastener roof systems, this is all the more important task to focus on with enough attention. Checking the fasteners, rivets and screws to know if they are properly fixed can help avoid them from expanding or contracting from time to time.
Fixing the loose and separating panel seams
Ensuring that the panels and seams holding the metal roof panels together are intact is necessary to ensure that the metal roof system is stable over time. During structural maintenance, it is necessary to ensure that the panels are not dislodged, moved from their original position and not loosened so that the seams are held tightly and undamaged. It must also be ensured that there is enough space for the metal roof sheets to expand or contract under weather extremes.
Fixing the faults in flashing materials
Most of the roof leaks originate from flashing materials that are damaged, missing or loose. It is important to check the condition of the flashing materials as part of structural maintenance in order to prevent the problems before they start. Attend to the damaged, missing or loosened flashing materials and fix them.
Sealant and the areas around the penetration points
Sealants help seal out the dirt, water, wind and other substances that can enter tiny spaces. If this properly, the metal roof will remain weather tight. Some sealants like non-cracking or UV resistant options can last for a long time. However, some sealants may need to be fixed or replaced in some places on the metal roof. Wherever there are penetration points, ensure that the flashing materials in those locations are thoroughly checked and any problems fixed.