September 19, 2016
Keeping your home clean and beautiful can start at the top, with metal roofing.
Wash it Away
The PVDF coatings used on quality metal roofs consist of a very tight molecular bond that encourages dirt to wash off of the roof. In most environmental conditions, these roofs stay very clean over the long term. However, while these coatings will not support the biological growth that leads to dark streaks and stains on granular surface and shingle roofs, there are certain environmental conditions which can cause dirt to collect on the roof.
Our Beautiful City of Trees: Atlanta
The worst situations are in areas with surrounding trees, and we do have trees in nearly every, single, Atlanta neighborhood. This is made worse by trees that lose sap which can stick to the roof and then hold dirt or even support biological growth over time. Additionally, heavy pollen or airborne fungus can land on a roof and stick there. Areas prone to heavy and frequent dew (such as waterfront or near-waterfront properties) can also exacerbate this issue by creating a sticky or gummy coating on the roof.
We always tell folks to imagine letting your car sit out in the area of your roof and not washing it. The results on it, over time, will be similar to what will happen on your roof. In some cases, folks like this because it helps the roof to take on a more “woodsy” or “natural” appearance. The resulting grime on the roof, while it can be cleaned by scrubbing or light power washing, will not normally be something that damages the integrity of the roof system or its finish.
Gutter Talk: Metal Roofing
Yes, gutters can be used with metal roofs. In most cases, our advice is to use a heavy duty gutter such as a 6” K-Style gutter produced from .032” aluminum. Additionally, we advise hanging the gutters as high as possible, with appropriate pitch for drainage. In order to avoid interference with the roof system, gutters should be installed using fascia-mounted brackets. If necessary, the roof system drip edge can be notched to allow for the brackets. The drip edge should always direct water into the gutter. Many of the gutter protection and cover systems can also be used with metal roofs though our preference is for leaf control systems that sit inside of the gutter and, again, do not interfere with the roof system.