Westman Steel: Installation Guide Maintenance
Given the best conditions, steel will provide you with many years of “peace of mind” protection as one of the longest lasting cladding materials available.
Here are a few tips for keeping your steel performing the way it’s supposed to – for years to come!
- Visually inspect your roof on a yearly basis. Things move with prolonged exposure to the elements! Check to make sure there are no holes or gaps, and that all screws are correctly installed.
- Our Paint finish, although durable, should be cleaned thoroughly, and on a yearly basis, if it is not already exposed
to washing by rain. Use warm water, a little dish soap, and a soft bristled brush.
- Remove any branches, leaves, or debris that may fall on your roof. This will allow moisture to properly drain away when necessary.
- Remove, or trim back any trees and bushes etc, that will potentially be in continual contact with your steel cladding.
Over time, with movement through wind and growth, these can potentially cause abrasion damage to your Paint finish.
- Some trees will emit a sap that can build up on your cladding. This will need to be cleaned periodically with warm water, dish soap, and a soft bristled brush. Otherwise, left alone, this will build up and give the appearance of discolouration.
- While most steel roofs are “walkable”, it is best to minimize foot traffic as much as possible. If you do need to get on
the roof, don’t stand on the ribs, and make sure to walk where the strapping is located to avoid damage.
- Clean your gutters! Give your roof a chance to dry out. Continual contact with wet material is detrimental to your steel roof, and can lead to premature rusting and/or edge creep.
- Remember to keep different metals separate. For example, keep copper pipes from touching steel roof systems. When different types of metal come into contact with each other and eventually become wet, they will break down in a process called electrolytic corrosion