3 Of The Biggest Mistakes Homeowners Make With DIY Metal Roofing Repairs

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Even though a metal roof can last a long time without problems, occasionally you may be faced with an issue, problem or some form of damage. Because metal roofing is pretty simplistic in design and how it is installed, it is easy to assume that making general repairs should be easy even if you have no professional experience. However, roof repairs are almost always a little more complicated than they appear, even with metal roofs. Therefore, it is a good idea to get to know the most common mistakes well-meaning homeowners make when they try to attempt a DIY metal roof repair. 

Mistake: Not taking a sample piece of metal roofing when buying a replacement sheet.

Why? You take a look at your roof and know that it is beige, so you head off to the metal roofing place and pick up a random sheet. Doing this could leave you with a piece of metal that is far from the same color as the rest of your roof because there are so many different color shades of metal roofing. Colors can vary from one manufacturer to the next, even when they both are clearly labeled as beige, tan, or otherwise. For this reason, it is always best to make sure you take a small piece of metal roofing along with you to match up colors, even if it means you have to temporarily remove an entire panel. 

Mistake: Using the wrong type of fasteners to secure a loose piece of metal roofing.

Why? Using the wrong fasteners on your metal roof can cause leaks and lead to rusty stains on the roofing panels. It is best to go with gauged steel fasteners that you know will be corrosion resistant--but make sure they have a washer attached between the top of the fastener and the roof to prevent water from slipping through.

Mistake: Going for thinner, less-expensive metal roofing panels. 

Why? Metal roofing is available in an array of different styles, but also in several different gauges or thicknesses. The thinner pieces of metal roofing are of course going to be less expensive, but they will also not always be the best option. Thin metal roofing can leave your roof looking wavy because it flexes and bends with the pressure of just about any weight and can even warp and change shape with high levels of heat. The last thing you want is to replace a sheet of metal and then have one section of your roof look wavy and misshapen, so it is always best to know the proper thickness for the best results.

For more information, contact a service like Gulfside Roofing Inc.

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