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Metal Roofing Maintenance Tips for North Florida Roofs

Updated: Mar 10

Blue standing seam metal roof on a commercial building, in Taylor county Florida. Roof installation in north Florida. Leon County, Wakulla County, Gadsden County, and Franklin County.
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Metal roofing is a popular choice for homeowners in North Florida and the Coastal areas of the Big Bend. Metal roofing is a great selection due to its durability, longevity, and aesthetic appeal. Whether you prefer a screw-down or standing seam metal roof, proper maintenance is the key to ensuring your roof’s performance and extending its lifespan, in the unique climate of Florida. Here are some metal roofing maintenance tips for North Florida roofs

  1. Regular Inspections: Conduct routine inspections of your metal roof to identify any signs of damage, such as loose or missing screws, dents, or rust spots. Tallahassee's climate, characterized by high humidity, occasional storms, and lots of sunshine, the elements can accelerate wear and tear on metal roofs.

  2. Clean Debris: Remove debris such as leaves, branches, and dirt from the roof surface regularly. Accumulated debris can trap moisture, leading to corrosion and potential water damage to the roof decking and your home’s interior. Use a soft-bristle broom or a leaf blower to gently clear the roof without causing scratches or dents.

  3. Check Screws: With the extreme heat we face in North Florida, and the Big Bend region, the metal panels go through an expansion and contraction process from day to night. Over time this may cause the screws on your roof to wiggle and become loose. Regular inspections can help to identify any issues before they turn into a leak. Loose screws should be replaced with a larger diameter screw to insure a secure grip onto the decking or purlins.

  4. Address Rust Promptly: If you notice any signs of rust on your metal roof, address them promptly to prevent further corrosion. Use a wire brush to remove surface rust, then apply a rust-inhibiting primer followed by a matching paint to seal and protect the affected area.

  5. Check Sealant and Caulking: Inspect the sealant and caulking around penetrations such as vents, chimneys, flashings, and skylights. Ensure that they are intact and free from cracks or gaps. Re-apply the proper sealant as needed to prevent water infiltration, especially before Tallahassee’s rainy season.

  6. Trim Overhanging Branches: Trim branches that overhang or touch the metal roof to prevent scratching and damage. These branches are especially prone to cause damage during windy conditions or storms. Falling branches can dent or puncture metal panels, allowing water to pool and compromising their integrity.

  7. Gutter Maintenance: Clean and inspect gutters and downspouts regularly to ensure proper drainage. Clogged gutters can cause water to back up and overflow onto the metal roof, leading to moisture damage and potential leaks. Consider installing gutter guards to prevent debris buildup.

  8. Professional Maintenance: Schedule annual maintenance inspections with a qualified roofing contractor specializing in metal roofing. They can identify and address any issues before they escalate, prolonging the life of your metal roof and ensuring optimal performance.

  9. Document Maintenance: Keep detailed records of your metal roof maintenance activities, including inspections, repairs, and any warranty information. This documentation can be invaluable for tracking the history of your roof and demonstrating compliance with warranty requirements or in the event you need to make an insurance claim.

By following these maintenance tips, homeowners in Tallahassee, Crawfordville, Quincy, and surrounding areas can preserve the integrity and longevity of their screw-down or standing seam metal roofs. Regular inspections, cleaning, and proactive repairs are essential to protecting your investment and enjoying a durable, weather-resistant roof for years to come. If you need assistance with metal roofing maintenance or repairs, don't hesitate to contact Legacy Roofing & Inspection who has extensive experience in servicing metal roofs in the North Florida region.


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