If your home has a metal roof, you may not worry too much about damage and repairs. Metal roofing is so durable, it can stand up to a lot of abuse. However, damage is still possible. It's good to inspect your roof occasionally, and hopefully, you'll find no damage. However, if damage is found, repairs should be done promptly. Here are ways metal roofing panels can be damaged and a look at the roof repairs that may be needed.
1. Impacts Or Swaying Branches May Gouge The Metal
Rust shouldn't be too much of a concern for a metal roof since the roof is covered with a coating. However, if something hits the roof, slides across it, or constantly sways against it, the coating may be scratched or gouged. When that happens, the uncoated area may start to rust.
A roof repair contractor might fill in the gouge or scratch to keep rain out so rust doesn't form. If rust has already started, it needs to be removed so it doesn't spread. This could entail using a wire brush to scrape the rust away and then brushing on rust inhibitor along with paint to cover the bare metal.
2. Hail Might Dent The Metal Panels
Metal is one of the best roofing choices for hail protection. Hail may not cause damage to the metal panels, but it can cause cosmetic imperfections in the form of dents. You'll need to find out if your insurance policy will pay for replacing a metal roof with hail dents. If they won't, you may want a roof repair contractor to pull out the dents or fill them in so the surface of your roof is smooth and attractive again.
3. Punctures Make Holes Through The Roof
Punctures might happen from walking on the roof or working on it and dropping equipment. Holes in a metal roof panel should be filled in to keep rain out. Caulk might be a temporary solution, but applying a metal patch is a more permanent roof repair.
A patch can be cut from a piece of sheet metal. The patch should be cut a few inches larger than the hole and cut into a round shape so sharp edges won't snag leaves or other debris. The patch can be attached with adhesive, sealant, and screws. After that, the patch can be painted to match the color of your roof so the repairs aren't noticeable.
By keeping up with roof repairs, your metal roof can have a longer life before it needs to be replaced. Plus, you'll spare yourself the expense of cleaning up mold and water damage in your attic.
For more information about roof repair, contact a local company.