How to Maintain a Metal Roof

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Metal roofs are easy to take care of. Keep up with the maintenance (what little there is) and this type of roof should last you 30 or more years.

Things You'll Need

  • Roofing Cement
  • Latex Paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Washers
  • Solder
  • Soldering Guns/irons
  • Be careful not to let metals of different types touch each other. Chemical reactions between different materials can invite corrosion.

  • Keep paint touched up to keep rust at bay.

  • Repair holes and open seams as soon as possible.

  • Cover very small holes with roofing cement. Solder a patch of the same metal over larger holes. (See "How to Repair a Metal Roof," under Related eHows.)

  • Only use screws made of the same metal as the roof.

  • Always use screws with washers and install them in raised areas, not low areas where water can pool and leak.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use non-corrosive resin flux on steel roofing; acid flux with copper. Aluminum cannot be soldered.

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