How Do You Repair a Metal Roof?
Metal is a popular type of commercial roofing due to its unmatched durability and longevity. Metal is more costly than almost all other types of roofing, but the initial investment is typically recouped since the roof will likely last 50 years or longer. Though it usually requires less maintenance than other styles, a metal roof can need repair due to several different factors, especially leaks.
Some potential causes of metal roof leaks include:
- Poor installation – There are several shortcuts that installers can take that may result in leaks, including the omission of proper sealants under screw holes, poor caulking, and improperly installed flashing.
- Weather damage – Metal roofs are sturdy, but they can still fall victim to severe weather. Separated seams, sealant failure, and damaged coatings are some potential issues.
- Oil canning – This is a term that describes elastic buckling, or stress wrinkling, that results in waviness in flat areas of metal roofing panels. This can happen when inadequate space is provided for thermal expansion or if the roofing was installed improperly.
How to Protect Your Metal Roof
One of the easiest ways to avoid metal roof repair costs is to utilize a protective roof coating. Designed to increase the life of the roof and improve its performance, a roof coating can greatly improve your roof’s resistance to water intrusion, which can help prevent premature deterioration. Roof coatings can also lower roof temperatures by up to 70 degrees, which can help reduce energy costs. Additionally, a roof that is protected with a coating will have fewer maintenance needs, with the coating only needing reapplication every decade or so.
Expert Metal Roof Repair
Elite Roofing Services provides metal roof repair and maintenance to businesses throughout the Tampa, Florida, area. We have more than two decades of experience and utilize products from top manufacturers, including Butler®, to ensure our clients’ roofs will provide optimal performance for many years. If you would like more details about the services we offer, contact Elite Roofing Services today.