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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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Repairs Your Flat Roof May Need When It Develops Alligator Cracks Due To Sun Exposure

by Kelly Murphy

If you see cracks on your flat roof when you do your periodic roof check, you might be alarmed. When the cracks form a pattern that looks like alligator skin, the condition is called roof alligatoring. This condition is common for older flat roofs, and it's a sign your roof will probably need to be replaced before too much longer.

However, prompt roof repairs can extend the life of your roof so you can put off getting a new roof for as long as possible. Here's how a roofing contractor might make repairs for your cracked roof.

Check For Other Damage To Your Roof

Alligator cracks develop because the roofing material is old and damaged by sun exposure. The same conditions can cause other types of damage to your roof. Plus, alligator cracks might contribute to roof damage, and that's why you want to have roof repairs done as soon as you can.

The roofing contractor checks for cracks in the roof, blisters, punctures, and leaks around flashing and pipe boots and then determines the type of repairs that need to be done before repairing the alligator cracks. The roofer might also want to check for proper roof drainage because water collecting on the roof can lead to damage and a shorter life for your roof.

Repair Damaged Areas To Prevent Leaks

The repair methods the roofer uses depends on the type of roofing materials you have. The roofer might need to patch a roof membrane or seal a long crack with a membrane sandwiched between two coats of sealer. If the flashing is damaged or a rubber boot is worn-out from sun exposure, those will also be replaced so there are no vulnerable areas that might start leaking.

Repair Alligator Cracks With A Roof Coating

Alligator cracks may not leak. They often develop as the roofing material dries out and shrinks. The roofer may determine the best way to fix the problem is to apply primer over the areas with alligator cracks and then apply a coating to the roof. The coating helps prevent leaks, and it protects the roof from further sun damage and deterioration.

Keep Watch On Your Roof For Signs Of Damage

With repairs done and a new coating applied, your roof could last for a few more years. However, you'll want to keep checking your roof regularly so you can have roof repairs done when needed. In addition to watching for alligatoring and other cracks, watch for ponding water, and debris buildup on the roof that could indicate your roof needs attention.