Investing in a metal roof is an outstanding investment for homeowners in the Ottawa Valley or greater Gatineau region. With its durability and longevity, a metal roof can offer decades of protection for your home. However, to ensure you get the most out of your investment, proper maintenance is key. The good news is that with regular care, many maintenance tasks only need attention once every 20 years. By prioritizing maintenance, you can significantly extend the lifespan of your metal roof. Proper maintenance can extend your roof’s life from 30 years – up to 100 years. Let’s delve into some expert tips to help you achieve this. 


Regular Inspections

Regular inspections are paramount to maintaining the health of your metal roof. Hiring a professional to conduct a thorough inspection is the best way to identify issues early on. Even if your roof isn’t leaking, there could still be underlying problems that, if left unchecked, could lead to costly repairs. At Merlin’s Roofing, we’ve seen firsthand how a lack of proper ventilation can cause major damage. We have inspected roofs which had rotting plywood, rusting structural screws, rotting structural wood, and moulding insulation. Addressing these issues promptly can prevent extensive damage that may require a full roof replacement as well as replacement of the plywood and structural rafters, costing upwards of $200,000.

Address Snow and Ice Buildup

Living in the Ottawa/Gatineau region means facing heavy snowfall and ice during the winter months. Snow and ice buildup on your metal roof can lead to roof damage if not addressed promptly. Investing in snow guards or hiring professionals for snow removal can prevent this damage. Additionally, clearing or preventing ice dams is crucial to stop water from seeping under the metal panels and causing damage to the roof and underlying structures.


Maintain Proper Ventilation

Proper ventilation is essential for ensuring the longevity of your metal roof, especially in the Ottawa/Gatineau climate. Inadequate ventilation can lead to moisture buildup in the attic, resulting in plywood rot and compromising the roof’s structural integrity. Installing ridge vents, soffit vents, or ensuring adequate air space from the soffits to the ridge can help maintain proper airflow and moisture control in the attic space. Regular inspections can help identify and address any ventilation issues before they cause significant damage.

Address Rust and Corrosion Promptly

Rust and corrosion are common issues with metal roofing, particularly in regions with high moisture levels like Ottawa/Gatineau. It’s crucial to address rust and corrosion promptly to prevent further damage and extend the lifespan of your roof. Look out for signs such as discoloration, bubbling paint, or visible rust spots on metal roofing panels. Applying rust inhibitors or protective coatings can help prevent corrosion and protect your investment in the long term.

By following these expert tips,  homeowners in the Ottawa Valley and Greater Gatineau area can maximize the lifespan of their metal roofs and enjoy long-lasting protection for their homes. If you need assistance with maintaining or repairing your metal roof, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Merlin’s Roofing. We’re friendly, down to earth, and you won’t be sold anything you don’t need.