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Painted Metal Roofing and Siding

Following are the recommendations for the maintenance of painted metal roofing and siding:

Maintenance at the time of erection

After the structure has been completed, the panels should be carefully examined for strains, scratches, abrasions, grease, or dirt. Stubborn stains should be washed with “one” of the following solutions:

• One cup of detergent which contains less than 0.5% phosphate (example-“Tide”)* Dissolved into 5 gallons of water. *Trisodium Phosphate (Soilax)

• One cup of household ammonia dissolved into 5 gallons of water (room temperature).

• Solvent containing cleaners (examples-“Fantastic” or “Formula 409”) are very effective and can be used without concern.

• Starbrite instant Black Streak Remover can also be very effective and can be used without concern. Fort Lauderdale, Fla 33314 Phone #: 800-327-8583.

Working from the top to the bottom of the panels, use a well soaked cloth, sponge, brush (with very soft bristles) or low pressure spray washer. Once the building is washed, a thorough rinsing with clear water is necessary to eliminate the possibility of residue. The use of scouring powders or industrial solvents are not recommended since these agents may damage the film, or leave unsightly sources for dirt accumulation.

Particular attention should be paid to remove metal chips, shavings, or random particles, loose or lightly embedded in the paint. These partials originate from drilled holes and field-cut sections and consist of carbon steel which, if left, will oxidize quickly and be a source of red rust stains. These stains can be extensive and severe, and all possible steps should be taken to avoid them.

IMPORTANT: All scratches or abraded areas should immediately be spot-painted with a bottle brush touch-up paint. The acid rain areas of the country it is recommended, that all exposed cut edges/ends, should be roller painted with an acrylic clear coat, or equivalent clear coat. This includes factory cuts, and field cuts. This will prolong the chance of exposed rusting in the future.

Annual Maintenance

The system paint finishes will last many years longer than ordinary paints, however, a routine, thorough cleaning should be performed at least once a year. A thorough cleaning will generally restore the appearance of the panels and render repainting unnecessary.

In rural areas, annual washing with clear water may be all that is required. Even though the system paint finishes are mildew resistant, mildew will grow on accumulated dust and dirt which is on the surface. If mildew or other fungal growth becomes a problem and cannot be removed as outlined, household bleach (read all caution warnings)-mixed at a concentration of one gallon bleach to five gallons of water, along with one cup mild soap to aid wetting-is recommended. Rinse thoroughly.

In industrial areas where fumes and soot are more prevalent, or in marine environments where salt is on the atmosphere, the structure should be washed washing with one of the solutions described in section one followed by a fresh water rinse.

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Maintenance Program

Safety Measures

It is the responsibility of the building owner and contractor to protect persons on the roof. OSHA and local safety agencies should be consulted for guidelines on how this should be accomplished. Roof repair can be dangerous, and every precaution should be taken to protect these persons.

Elements of a good Owner’s Maintenance Program will vary according to many factors including the size, location, occupancy, use and design of an installed roof assembly. The complexity of any given roof application and variety of other building components integrated into it must be considered in developing an effective approach to maintenance activities. Typical maintenance programs include inspection and preventative care in the following general areas:

• a schedule of periodic/seasonal roof maintenance inspections

• roof access and repair logs

• inspection of sealants and caulks

• drainage

• parapet walls, copings and metal work

• building envelope (cladding, fenestration, interior/exterior walls, ceilings, rooftop structures)

• roof tie-ins and expansion joints

• HVAC units and rooftop equipment

• general appearance

• emergency repair plan and materials


Scheduling regular inspections and assigning them to the right personnel are the first things needed to organize an Owner’s Maintenance Program. Visual roof inspections and minor preventative roof maintenance are recommended twice yearly; in the fall before winter weather arrives and inclement weather prevents roof access or correction of minor problems, and again in early spring to assess any damage incurred during winter and before arrival of rainy seasons and increased storm activity. To correct minor problems and damage to the roof before they become a costly repair, additional inspections should occur after every extreme or unusual storm, fires, building damage or additions to the building, significant maintenance work or repairs involving access to or traffic on the roof.

If a leak appears, contact your IB Authorized Applicator and notify IB Roof Systems immediately at 800-426-1626. The terms of your IB Roof Systems warranty requires you to call or report a leak to IB Technical Services at the number above within 5 calendar days of discovering a leak, and to provide written notice within 14 days of the leak occurrence. Notification to the contractor does not constitute notification to IB Roof Systems.

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Malarkey Warranted Roof System

General Information

Thank you for choosing Malarkey Roofing Products to provide your new roof system. A roof system protects your investments, and we at Malarkey appreciate the responsibility that you have given us as your product manufacturer. We take this responsibility most seriously and will do all in our power to assure you a quality roof that provides protection season after season. As the new owner of a Malarkey roof system, there are things you can do to ensure that the performance of your new roof extends beyond the warranty period. Care of the roof is generally simple and the efforts put forth on periodical maintenance will pay you dividends in extended roof life and reduced problems over the life cycle of your roof.

Malarkey system warranties are provided on applicable roof systems that are pre-approved by Malarkey and installed by an approved Malarkey applicator in good standing. While Malarkey does not own or operate roofing applicators, we do “approve” roofing applicators to apply warranted systems. Only established contractors who, through their reputation in the industry and community, have proven that they apply roofs in a professional manner are eligible to construct and repair Malarkey roof systems. The appellation “Malarkey Approved Roofing Contractor” identifies a contractor who has met our requirements and is eligible to apply for a Malarkey roof warranty, but it does not designate him as an agent for Malarkey. Additional information concerning your roof or specific conditions can be obtained from Malarkey.

Procedure for Reporting and Repair of Leakage

Should your roof develop a leak, it is very important that it be handled expeditiously! If left unrepaired, leaks can not only damage the building and its contents, but can also damage your roof system.
If a leak is discovered, it should be reported immediately to Malarkey Technical Services Department by calling 1-800-545-1191 or by fax to 1-503-283-5405. Our hours are 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, US Pacific Coast Time.

Once the leak is determined, Malarkey will either authorize repairs under the terms of the warranty or, if not a covered item, will inform you of the findings and work with you to remedy the problem. The original contractor must perform repair work performed in the first two (2) years (or as stated in the contract documents) on a Malarkey Warranted Roof System. If this presents a problem, we will work with you to see if other roofing arrangements can be made. In most cases, if the work is not performed by the original contractor it can jeopardize the warranty you received from the original roofing contractor.

Repairs made at any time during the warranty period must be performed by a Malarkey Approved Roofing Contractor to avoid jeopardizing your Malarkey roofing systems warranty. Special circumstances can always occur, contact Malarkey for details or assistance.

Alterations and Modifications

Malarkey recognizes that alterations or modifications to a building are sometimes necessary for a variety of reasons. For your Malarkey warranty to remain in force, Malarkey requires that any alterations or modifications that effect or contact the roof system be pre-approved in writing by Malarkey. Unauthorized alterations or modifications will jeopardize or place restrictions on all or part of the Malarkey warranty.

Warranty holders can easily obtain approval for properly designated alterations and modifications by submitting a written request along with detailed roof drawings of the alterations and their locations on the roof to:

Malarkey Roofing Products Technical Services Department
P.O. Box 17217
Portland, OR 97217-0217 USA

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