Metal roofs are a popular option these days and are becoming more and more prevalent mainly due to their effectiveness at increasing energy efficiency, protection from the elements and even tax credits. Although metal roofs have many advantages over shingle and other roof types, there are things you should watch for.
If you have a metal roof or are considering one, here are a few common problems that can occur with metal roofs:
Leaks are one of the most common issues that homeowners experience with their metal roofs. Poor installation can result in gaps and punctures often resulting in leaks. These leaks will likely grow over time and should be addressed as early as possible to prevent further damage and costs.
Tears & Punctures
Tears and punctures could be problematic, particularly during high foot traffic times such as during the installation and even during roofing maintenance. Caulking is usually applied to the tear or puncture to repair it, however since metal roofs are prone to movement, this may not prevent future problems. Keep foot traffic to a minimum and always have a roof contractor with metal roofing experience install and maintain the roof to avoid these problems
A properly installed metal roof shouldn’t experience problems with blow-offs. If flashing isn’t installed properly, the open seams and laps can cause parts of the roof to blow off. To prevent this, have your metal roof installed by a professional roofing contractor and keep an eye out for problems. Having it done right the first time will save you money and headaches in the future.
When water collects on a roof it can cause undue pressure which leads to leaks and other problems. Combating pooled water through a little maintenance, particularly after heavy rains and storms, will help you avoid problems that are directly caused by pooled water.
The best way to avoid problems with your metal roof is to be sure it is installed properly in the first place. Your roof isn’t something you want going to the lowest bidder. A properly installed roof combined with regular and preventative maintenance will insure your investment will last for years to come!
If you notice rust or leaks in your roof call Atlanta Roofing Specialists at 770-419-2222 today! We will provide a free roof inspection and recommend the best, cost-effective solution to any roof problem!