Is your home's metal roof showing its age? If so, you may be concerned that there is damage to the roof that can cause a leak to ruin the inside of your home. Here are three ways to look for potential damage on a metal roof.
Look for Pooling Water
Take a look at your roof after a recent rainfall and look for areas where you have pooling water. If you find pooling water, then this is a big warning sign that something is wrong.
Pooling water is a place where the roof could be sagging slightly, causing a dip in the roof where water can easily collect. You should have these trouble spots investigated by a professional roofers so they can be fixed. Having spots where the water collects on the metal is not good for the roofing material, since the intention is for water to roll down your roof due to the slope.
Thankfully, it is easy to identify pooling water without getting up on your roof for a closer roof.
Look at the Seams
Further inspection of your roof will require getting on the roof, so you should wait until the roof is dry so it is safe to walk on.
Once on your roof, you will need to look at all the seams located between metal sheets of roofing material. Every seem should be flush when laying against each other. Pay close attention to areas that have gaps between the pieces of metal, or edges that are uneven and jagged.
These parts of the seam can allow water to get under the roofing material, which will cause the underlying wood roof deck to deteriorate. You'll eventually have water getting into your house if you ignore this problem.
Look for Discolored Metal
With the seams inspected you can now move on to looking at the individual sheets of roofing material. You want to take note of any discoloration in the metal. More specifically, look for areas of the metal that are reddish or dark colored. This is the first indication that you have a metal roof that is rusting.
You can test areas that you think have rust by tapping it gently with a metal roofing nail. If the metal flakes off, then oxidation has started. You have rust on your roof that needs to be repaired.
Roof repair can be a big task that you're not capable of doing on your own. Contact a local roofing contractor to repair your roof for you.Share
26 July 2017
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