Tips for Metal Wall Panel Maintenance
The low maintenance benefit of metal panels is one of the reasons why you would prefer them to other cladding materials, like vinyl and wood. Metal panels are designed to serve you for decades, but they also need some care. So, if you decide to use metal paneling on your building, you must take some steps to extend its lifespan.
Read on to discover some tips on how you can ensure that your metal panels remain in good condition for years to come.
Carry Out Routine Inspections
Routine inspections are essential when you have metal panel cladding on your building’s wall. During these inspections, you should look for any signs of damage, like rust spots, chipping paint, and loose or damaged fasteners. This way, you will identify issues in their early stages and take necessary action before the damage gets out of control.
The frequency of your inspections depends on factors like the weather conditions and the stress your metal wall panels are exposed to. For example, if you live in an area with high humidity, you should perform inspections more frequently because your wall panels are more likely to rust.
Clear Off Debris
Any form of debris on your metal wall panels is not only an aesthetic issue but also a longevity issue. Debris such as fallen leaves and branches can promote rot on your metal wall cladding because they retain moisture and take longer to dry.
If you have trees close to your building, you can trim their branches to keep the debris away and prevent scratches. In addition, be sure to remove all items leaning on the panels.
Check the Condition of Your Fasteners
All wall panels have a form of attachment to the building’s structure. The attachment can come in many forms, including pop rivets and fasteners. No matter the attachment used, you should ensure that they are in the correct position and in good condition. For example, you should frequently inspect your walls for loose and overdriven fasteners.
Clean the Panels
If dirt has collected on your metal panels, you can wash them using a soft piece of cloth and a solution of water and a neutral detergent. Remember to rinse with clean water to prevent stains. In addition, never use strong commercial detergents or sharp cleaning tools, as they can damage your metal panel’s surface.
The best time to clean your metal wall panels is when the temperature is cool. If you clean in direct sunlight or the hottest hours of the day, the cleaning solution will dry fast, and you will not have enough time to rinse the panels with clean water— consequently, the failure to rinse the panels after washing leads to scratches and spots.
Clear Mulching and Standing Water From Your Building’s Base
Standing water and mulch at the base of your wall can damage metal panels if left for an extended period. Therefore, to prolong your metal wall panel’s longevity, you should ensure that the base of your building is free of mulch and water.
While metal wall panels are one of the most preferred cladding materials due to their durability and low maintenance requirements, they still require some care to prevent damage like rust or corrosion. Use the tips above to keep your metal wall panels in good condition, but ensure you have involved a local roofing and sheet metal company if you notice signs of rust, scratches, and any other form of damage.
At Berwald Roofing, we have the skills and techniques required for any architectural metals and roofing job. Contact us today to learn more about our services.