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Posted On: June 30, 2023

Metal Roof Repair Guide: Types of Damage and How to Fix

If you’ve recently made the switch to a metal roof or are considering it, you are not alone! All across the country, homeowners are discovering the benefits of a metal roof system.

Although to be fair, metal roofs are not a new invention. For years, they’ve been used as a durable, low-maintenance option for commercial and industrial buildings. But homeowners have traditionally balked at the out-of-the-box look of a metal roof and discounted its many benefits. As members of the roofing industry, we’re thrilled to see these perceptions changing.

While metal roofs are known for being sturdy, nothing is unbreakable. When your metal roof becomes damaged, you want repair solutions, and you want them fast. That’s why we’ll be going through:

  • How to identify the damage
  • Tips and tricks for a swift repair
  • Average costs for your roof repair

If you’re looking to become a metal roof repair expert, keep reading!

Pros and Cons of a Metal Roof

Still on the fence about whether or not a metal roof is right for you? We understand. If you are used to traditional asphalt shingles, a metal roof can seem strange. That’s why we’ve compiled this helpful list of pros and cons to help you decide whether a metal roof is just what you’ve been looking for!

✅ Pros:

  • Durability – For most people, the biggest appeal of a metal roof is how durable it is. Metal roofs stand up very well to a variety of weather conditions, including snow, rain, heat, and hail. Additionally, metal roofing systems have the benefit of being fire-resistant.
  • Low Maintenance – If you are tired of sweeping leaves off of your roof or power washing twice a year, a new metal roof could be the perfect choice for you! Metal roofs require minimal maintenance and are very easily cleaned.
  • Lifespan – A metal roofing system is perfect if you are looking for a roof that lasts. A metal roof lasts for 50 years…sometimes even longer, with proper care!

❌ Cons:

  • Price – The most obvious downside of a metal roof is the price. There’s no way around it. This is an expensive roofing option with equally expensive repairs.
  • Specialized Installation – Metal roof installation requires specific tools and techniques that not every roofing contractor may have at their disposal. This means that, depending on where you live, it may be difficult to find a roofing professional to install your roof for you.
  • Cosmetic Damage – While metal roofs are known for being particularly durable, cosmetic damages such as dents and scratches are difficult to fix without fully replacing the metal panels.

4 Signs of Metal Roof Damage

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Want to learn how to spot signs of damage to your metal roofing system? Here are the top four things to look out for!

1) Leaks

It doesn’t take a genius to tell you that a leaky roof needs repairs. However, when metal roofs leak, it is often the first sign of something wrong that homeowners notice.

Leaks can be caused by a variety of things, but in general, they happen when a section of your roofing is broken or loose. This allows water from rain and snow to travel through your roof’s underlayment and roof deck in order to come into your home.

Just because you don’t hear a drip doesn’t mean that your roof isn’t leaking! Be sure to be on the lookout for water stains, dips in your ceiling, or a musty, moldy scent. All of these can indicate the presence of a roof leak.

2) Loose Panels

Are your metal roof panels flapping or shifting in the wind? Or maybe you’ve noticed loose nails and screws. Neither of these are good signs.

If your panels are not properly attached, they cannot effectively keep rain and snow out of your home. The subsequent water damage can create a need for serious structural repairs.

3) Damaged Finish

Is your finish peeling or coming off? When the protective coating of your metal roof is removed, it can become susceptible to rust and corrosion. This is usually a sign that it is time to contact your local roofing contractors and replace your existing roof.

4) Rust

Rust and corrosion is a clear sign that your roof system is at the end of its life. We recommend replacing or repairing the rusted section as soon as possible in order to prevent more widespread rusting.

How to Repair a Metal Roof

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In order to cut down roof repair costs, many homeowners are tempted to do their metal roof repairs on their own. And while you are free to do whatever you want with your home, we generally recommend using a professional roofing contractor for all metal roofing repairs. Metal roofing material requires a specialized skillset and usually isn’t doable for the average homeowner.

However, if you are dealing with a small crack, you may be able to patch the area with a small amount of sheet metal. After cleaning the area, you will want to cut your patch to size, making sure that it overlaps by 2 inches on all sides. You can then use a urethane sealant to attach the patch to your roof. Secure it in place with sheet metal screws every 3-4 inches around the perimeter.

Keep in mind that while this method may be cheaper than replacing a full panel, it can be tricky to make the patch blend in with the rest of your roof. Some homeowners have had success with painting the patch, but it will never look seamless.

Consult With a Roofing Pro

Ready to get your metal roof system back on track? Northface Construction is here to help! Our extensive knowledge of the roofing industry means that we’ve seen it all and can assess and repair your roof correctly and efficiently. Contact us today to receive your free quote!


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