MAINTENANCE - how easy of a job is it?
Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, recently wrote an
article which appeared in one of the local newspaper, titled "A strong
maintenance culture certainly lacking in Malaysia". In his
article, Tan Sri was appealing "to put an end to the poor
and unsatisfactory maintenance of public amenities in the
the time of writing his article, Tan Sri probably was not
specifically thinking about metal roofing. So, how easy is
of a job is it maintain maintain metal roofs?
roof maintenance is something of a misnomer – the only times
metal roofs should be maintained is if they are getting
excessively old or were installed incorrectly, as other than
that they require very little effort to maintain.
However, if you are having problems with your metal roof,
this article will provide a brief overview of how you can
assess and repair minor damage to your metal roof in a short
time with minimal materials.
The first thing
you’ll want to do in a metal roof maintenance job, as with
any roof maintenance, is to clear the roof of debris. Debris
like leaves, dirt and garbage can soak up water and increase
the wear and rusting of even coated metal roofing. After
clearing debris, if your roof is painted or coated,
check the coating for signs of wear and repaint or recoat
any necessary areas.
If there are holes in any of the shingles or slats, or open
seams between pieces of metal, these should be repaired
immediately. There can also be openings where two pieces
meet on a ridge, lip, or valley.
Metal roof maintenance mostly requires that you catch wads
of debris before they have a chance to collect water and
damage sealants around rivets or in seams. The most common
way metal roofing gets damaged is through water, be it
either rusting or the deterioration of the bond between
sealant and metal.
Extreme heat can also cause metal roofing to flex, and while
shingled metal will not experience the same stress sheets
will, either type can experience damage around the seams and
corners. If you keep an eye out for damage throughout the
year and give it a thorough check every few months, then you
can keep a metal roof from experiencing any significant
amount of wear, and have a roof that will last for decades.
Metals roofs are so commonly used because of their extreme
durability and resistance to weather effects. There are few
things that can cause them any significant amount of damage,
but it is still important to keep an eye out for those
Even something as simple as water ponding can damage metal roofing
over time. Metal roof maintenance essentially consists of
watching for potential damage, and clearing away debris
whenever it collects on your roof. With minimal effort on
your part, you can maintain a metal roof for as long as you
need it . . .
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TECHNICAL JOURNAL - Staining of
steel panels from steel debris
Since the end of last year, our QA/QC staff
have been working on publishing technical journals which we
feel will be beneficial to the metal roofing and wall
cladding industry. From time to time, these journals will be
published in our website, and in
this newsletter, we draw your attention to the topic of
"staining of steel panels from steel debris".
Most of the time, spot
rusting occurs when steel debris or particles are allowed to
remain on a building following its construction. These rust
stains may become unsightly and can be difficult to remove.
To the untrained eye, steel debris looks like premature
corrosion. As a result of the appearance, the owner of the
building may become understandably upset, believing the
contractor used inferior materials that have little or no
corrosion protection. This, however is not the case.
To understand how this can
happen and what can you do to rectify the problem, please
technical journal which has been
published on our website for quite sometime. Architects,
engineers and site supervisors will find this information
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MAINTENANCE COSTS - Choose the right material
If you feel that your building/roof maintenance is going to
be issue in the future, it would now make sense to install a
would not only look good but also one that would last for a very long
time. What better choice than metal roofing! A typical
asphalt shingle or
concrete tile roof has to be replaced
approximately every 15 to 20 years, making it a short-term
solution with a long-term environmental impact. Metal roofs
however, often outlast the home they’re on, require
virtually no maintenance and are 100% recyclable at the end
of their useful life.
There are some outdated
perceptions of metal roofs as being rusty. In fact, modern metal
roofs feature sophisticated coatings and paint systems to
ensure a beautiful, durable finish. Because they can look
like any other roof product, many people don’t recognize
modern metal roofs.
If you have decided to lower
your building maintenance cost by selecting a metal roofing, make sure you
choose and specify the right grade of pre-painted
steel material that is used for the downstream manufacturing of the roof
profile. No house or property owner will want a metal roof that looks
good at the time of installation, only to find out in a
matter of 2 years or so that the colour has faded. As one
house owner has strongly put it: "I suppose a roof is like
the hair on your head. If it looks good, your house will
A metal roof with colours that
last for a long time will help lower life-cycle costs as
there will be no requirement to prematurely repaint the
At Colourcoil Industries, we
manufacture high grade
pre-painted steel products for the
downstream manufacturing of metal roof. They come in a wide
range of colours with warranties of up to 20 years against
colour fading, chalking and delamination and 25 year
warranty against corrosion (please see table below). Not
only that, they are lead-free as well.
If you are unable to find a
suitable colour in our standard colour charts, we are able
to custom match or
customize any colours to suit your
Click here to view our latest
advertisement on why PVF2 SeriesTM and METALLIC PVF2 SeriesTM is
still the best choice when it comes to metal roofing.
If you have any inquiries or
need our colour charts, please do not hesitate to
contact us or call
our marketing staff at the appropriate telephone numbers.
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FACTORY VISIT - Universiti Malaysia
In March this year, the Development &
Maintenance Department from UMS made a visit to Colourcoil
Industries. There were almost 20 personnel consisting of
mostly engineers and architects. For most, it was an
unexpected surprise to see such a high-tech manufacturing
facility in Sabah. As usual, the visit started with a
presentation by our marketing staff, Miss Zyee, followed
with Q & A and then a factory tour. The visitors were taken
to Colourcoil's QC laboratory where our QC staff explained
and showed the strict quality control tests and checks that
are required to ensure all products leaving our factory,
conform to the required specifications. Our guests were
treated with lunch and given Colourcoil souvenirs before the
Special thanks to Architect Encik Sanjay Hassan for
arranging and making the factory visit possible.
Universiti Malaysia Sabah
UMS Development & Maintenance Department staff
Zyee in the middle
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Need more info?
Whether you are an architect, engineer, developer, house owner or a metal
roofing or wall cladding manufacturer, our marketing team will be most delighted
to discuss with you on your specific product requirements.
If you wish to make a factory visit, obtain a free brochure or complete
specifications and colour charts, please contact our courteous and friendly
marketing staff by calling the nearest office or just drop us an email at
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