As far as roof replacement materials go, metal is by far one of the most durable available today. They can last longer than regular asphalt shingles and boasts a wide array of resistances compared to slate, shakes and tile roofs. However, for all their strengths and advantages, they are not 100% indestructible. There are still problems, admittedly fewer than other roofing types, that plague this popular and versatile roof.
As a homeowner, it’s important to understand a few of the common problems metal roofs face as well as what causes them. This will not only allow you to take better care of your roof but also extend its already considerable life span. Our metal roof experts at Blue Sky Roofing explain a few metal roof problems below.
The weatherproof sealant roofing companies use to protect a metal roof rarely last as long as the roof itself. This means they need to be replaced at regular intervals to prevent leaks and other problems with the roof. Sealant replacement and re-application should always be part of your roof maintenance which is needed once every few years.
Metal roof panels are secured in place using rusted screws. These screws are made waterproof by rubber washers that form a type of gasket between the screw itself and the metal shingles. These screws are, unfortunately, prone to rust and can be a source of a leak. Regular roof inspections are needed to spot these problematic screws early on.
With specially trained contractors, metal roof installation projects should not be too much of a challenge. However, installing the flashings that protect the eaves and joints of the roof panels can be complicated. Additionally, these parts are also some of the most vulnerable parts of a metal roof, often causing leaks when they are damaged.
Our metal roof specialists at Blue Sky Roofing can help you with all your metal roofing needs. Give us a call at (512) 495-9770 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Austin, TX, and all nearby areas.