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3 Signs That It's Time For Metal Roof Maintenance

by Alyssa Perkins

A metal roof can last a life time with minimal maintenance, but it does sometimes require a minor repair. Knowing what to watch for is key to catching small problems early before they develop into something more troublesome. The following are three signs of maintenance issues that any metal roof owner should check for annually.

#1: Rust or discoloration

A metal roof should not rust, but occasionally a problem with discoloration occurs. Most often this is the result of hardware, such as a screw, being used that isn't galvanized or otherwise rust resistant. Left alone, the rust from this item can discolor the roof. The item may also eventually stop performing properly, which can lead to a leak. Another issue that can discolor and damage a metal roof is if it is in contact a with a dissimilar metal. For example, a copper wire in contact with your steel roof could cause the roof to corrode. If you notice corrosion, you need to find the cause so you can remove it and fix the damage.

#2: Missing hardware 

Most metal roofing panels are held down with screws. These screws may be visible, or they may be hidden under a cap or raised decorative ridge. When screws or the sealing washer beneath them go missing or become damaged, your roof can develop a leak at the entry hole. Screws can back out of the roof for a variety of reasons, but the most common cause is simply temperature fluctuations that cause the wood sheathing beneath the metal panels to shrink and swell. Over time, this pushes screws out. Keep an eye on the roof and if you notice any missing screws or screws that are raised, schedule a repair to ensure there are no leaks in your future.

#3: Damaged trim or structures

The flashing and trim around chimneys, vents, and other rooftop structures have a much shorter lifespan than your metal roofing panels. Wind and weather will eventually cause these to pull up, curl, or come off completely. Catching the issue quickly and having the flashing replaced ensures no leaks form. Keep in mind that valleys and peaks on your roof are also covered by flashing, which needs to be inspected and repaired as needed. The other place to check for trim damage is along the soffits and eaves of your roof since these are more prone to wind troubles.

For more help, contact a metal roofing contractor in your area.