When to Replace Your Metal Roof
Your metal roof was a great choice, so it’s important to ensure that it’s serving you to the best of its ability. They’re typically subject to far fewer problems than shingled roofs, but metal roofs do still need replacing. They’re an invaluable element of a good home, providing greater safety, durability, and value of the property, but damaged or out-dated metal roofs waste this potential.
Here’s a quick guide to identify when you need a new metal roof.
Leaking is the most urgent sign that your metal roof is failing and needs a replacement. The leak may be caused by a handful of things, but is most commonly due to rust which has been left untreated, or by severe storms and adverse weather conditions which can cause panels to become loose and introduce gaps in the structure.
A leaking roof is a serious emergency for your home. In addition to the actual roof damage, leaks can cause extensive damage to your home through the growth of mold and rot, insulation damage, and even electrical fires. With regular inspections of your roof (particularly after fierce weather) you can significantly reduce the likelihood that your roof will develop a dangerous leak.
When panels aren’t coated on the underside, a leak may also be caused by underside corrosion. This can occur when water molecules become trapped between the panel and the underlay or insulation in your roof. Also, if your metal roof has been installed directly on top of shingles they could scratch the protective underside coating and weaken the structure of the panel, giving it an increased probability of leaking. If you’re unsure of the integrity of the underside of your roof and want to address it before it can become a problem, call a roofing specialist to come take a look.
Panels may become loose after extreme weather or if they’re reaching the end of their life span, which is typically somewhere between forty and fifty years. After this time, your metal roof will benefit greatly from a replacement to secure its integrity.
Loose panels can present many issues. In addition to leaking, gaps can lead to the arrival and reproduction of unwanted rodents and other small animals. When you spot a loose panel it’s advised that you call a roofing specialist as soon as possible—otherwise you might be hosting Alvin and the Chipmunks in your home’s attic.
It Pays to Pay Attention to Your Roof
It can pay off to perform regular inspections of your metal roof to ensure there aren’t any hidden damages that may surprise you later. If you’re unable to do this yourself, we encourage you to call a roofing expert to take a look for you. Doing this can save you massive amounts of money in the long run as you avoid paying for multiple repairs or unexpected secondary damages to your home.
If you suspect any damages to your metal roof, or that it may be reaching the end of its life span, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We install and warranty both standing seam and Matterhorn roofs for our Athens area customers.