Although metal roofs cost more initially than other materials, they are becoming increasingly popular because of their returns. Metal roofs lower HVAC costs and are incredibly durable. In fact, Angie's List says that while other roofing materials may last ten or twenty years, metal roofs can last more than a lifetime. However, increased durability not mean you should shirk maintenance—especially if you live in a stormy area. Here are some steps to take to assess and fix any damages:
Use a Ladder to Identify Major and Minor Damages
Have a friend or family member steady your ladder as you check out the roof for damages. Unless you have safety gear, like non-slip roof boots, you should not be getting up on the roof yourself. You should be able to assess the damage from your ladder perch. If there is a lot of major damage, then you should contact a roofing professional to check it out. The previous Angie's List article says that many roof warranties last decades, so you may have some coverage for repairs.
If the damages are mostly minor—and again, if you have the right safety gear—you may be able to do the repairs yourself.
Fix Holes and any Loose Nails
Use a wire brush to scrape off any rust, algae, or grime around the damaged area. Use the wire brush or some steel wool to smooth jagged holes. Once rust and other grime have been removed, use a cleaner that's safe for your roofing material to wipe the panel clean.
Purchase a metal roof patch kit and cut the sheet metal so that it overlaps a hole by a few inches. If you cut the patch too small, then it can collapse and expose the hole. Add sealant around the edges so that the patch is sealed from moisture. Once the patch is dry, you can add zinc primer to prevent rust, and you can spray paint to match the repair to the rest of your roof.
Along with patching any holes, assess the roof for any loose nails. If there are any, you'll want to pull them out and re-nail them.
Seal Seams and Potential Leak Areas
Roofing cement and waterproof flashing can deteriorate over time, so if you have had heavy storms, then you may need to replace these materials in delicate areas, like around skylights, valleys and ridges, and chimneys. Use caulk or a micro-sealant tape, which resists both heat and moisture, to cover any gaps.
If you need help with any of these repairs, whether big or small, contact a roofing company like Acoma Roofing, Inc. today.