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Residential Metal Roofing: Is It Right for Me?

When the contractor delivered the sad news that my roof needed replacing, that led to a discussion of material choices. I was surprised to hear that metal roofing was an option. Sure, it was fine for commercial buildings, but a home? My contractor told me that metal is used for homes more than people realize. The panels can be designed to look like just about any type of roofing you can imagine. After looking at some samples and finding out about the long life of metal roofs, I decided to give it a try. Fifteen years later, my roof is still in great shape. If you are facing a roof replacement in the near future, let me tell you more about metal roofing. I'm betting that you'll decide this solution is right for your home.

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Residential Metal Roofing: Is It Right for Me?

Own A Metal Roof? Know About Potential Problems And How To Fix Them

by Kelly Murphy

The durability, minimal maintenance, and heat reflectivity of a metal roof has made it a popular choice for roof installations in commercial and residential settings. The material is fire-retardant, and has versatility since you can paint it any color you want. Unfortunately, problems can occur with your metal roof that will require repair. Here are problems that you may run into with a metal roof, and how to fix them.

Punctures and Cracks

A big problem with a metal roof is that it doesn't withstand the additional weight of foot traffic very well, which can cause it to form a crack that will let water into your home. If there is some tearing that occurred during the installation, caulk will do a great job at sealing the cracks and gaps.

Know that this will only be a temporary fix, because changing temperatures will cause your metal roof to contract and expand, which could cause that caulking to loosen over time. Damaged metal shingles will eventually need complete replacement.

The only way to prevent a puncture and cracks from forming is to avoid having people walk on the roof whenever possible. If a repair needs to be done, have a local roofing contractor take care of it for you, since they will repair any damage that they cause during the repair process. Sections that have bad punctures or cracks may need complete replacement, or have a metal sealant applied to fill in the places where the metal is separating.

Loose Seams and Blow-Offs

Since metal will contract and expand in extreme temperatures, the screws and fasteners can come off. Not having these issues repaired promptly can cause metal shingles to become detached, which compromises your home's roof.

A potential side effect of having a metal roof poorly installed is blow-offs, which is when flashing has not been attached properly, and causes shingles to get caught underneath a gust of wind and blown off the roof. It will leave a noticeable gap where water can get to your roof deck.

Have the roof inspected occasionally to make sure that there are no problems with fasteners and screws coming loose, or areas where flashing is failing. Fasteners can always be replaced with brand new ones that are rust-resistant, and missing shingles are simple to replace. Just make sure you catch the problem early before serious damage is caused.

If you need help with any of these things, contact a roofing contractor in your area, such as one from Pyramid Roofing Inc.