Metal roofs have become a popular roofing choice for a number of reasons, such as energy efficiency, durability, and fire resistance. They are installed on many types of homes and are known for being very low maintenance. However, even though metal roofs are durable and long-lasting, it doesn't mean that they will never develop a problem that needs to be repaired. If you live in a home that has a metal roof, it is important to be diligent and pay attention to your roof so you can have small issues repaired by a roofing contractor before they turn into major problems. Some of the common signs that a metal roof is in need of repair include the following:
Seams Are No Longer Tight
Metal roofs typically consist of large panels that are tightly connected with screws and fasteners. But metal panels can slightly contract or expand as the weather changes from one season to the next, so years after installation, the seams between the metal panels can become separated as the nails holding them together loosen. This is usually a fairly simple repair for a roofing contractor to make, but it is best to have the nails tightened before the metal panels separate too much. If a large gap forms between the metal panels, it can leave your roof at risk for leaking.
Signs of Rust or Corrosion
The metal panels used to create a metal roof are typically treated with different products during manufacturing to help prevent rusting and corrosion. However, metal roofs can last for decades, so the sealant used can possibly begin to wear off. As a homeowner, you should visually inspect your roof on a regular basis. If you see any signs or rust or corrosion, it is in your best interest to contact a roofing contractor as soon as possible to make repairs. It is much easier to deal with a small area of rust or corrosion than a large area that has spread along the roof panel.
Tearing or Punctures
A metal roof is very strong, but that doesn't mean that it is indestructible. A violent hailstorm, tree branches falling on your roof, or having someone walking on your roof can cause tearing or punctures in the metal. Luckily, small tears or punctures do not mean that you have to replace your roof, since they can usually be repaired. It is best to have them fixed sooner rather than later.
Call a company like Acoma Roofing, Inc., to get roofing help today.