One of the benefits of a metal roof is its durability, but occasionally, repairs will need to be made. This is especially true if you have a standing seam roof. There are some standing seam roof repairs you can make yourself without the assistance of a roofing company. These repairs can help to protect the roof and prevent future problems.
If your metal roof is new, you don’t have to worry about rust. Modern metal roofs use a rust barrier coating on top that keeps the metal from rusting for 20 years, or more. Rust is a problem with old metal roofs. Rust eats away at unprotected metal and can result in holes in the roof. To prevent this from happening with an older roof, you must coat it with a protective paint designed for metal roofs.
Preventing Ice Dams and Moisture Damage Under the Roof
Standing seam roofs may be at greater risk for moisture damage or ice dams in the winter if fasteners were installed in a location other than at the eaves. Such fasteners in the middle of the roof can allow moisture to seep around the fastener and under the roof. During the winter, ice dams can develop by heat from inside the house leaking around the roof fasteners high on the metal roof. This melts snow high on the roof, which flows down and refreezes into an ice dam. Removing some of the fasteners and leaving only those at the eaves may prevent moisture problems. After removing the fasteners, cover the holes left behind with metal roof repair tape and a top coating of polyurethane sealant.
When mold begins to form on your prefabricated roofing materials, you need to remove it to keep your coating from being damaged by the mold and mildew. Use diluted bleach or a specialty cleaner for metal roofs. Repeat cleaning whenever you see mold on the roof. Never use straight bleach on the roof to avoid damaging the rust-protection coating.
One of the biggest issues with standing seam metal roofs are openings that appear at the seams. Look for seam repair tape to cover any openings or breaks in the seams. An opening in the seam may cause the same problems as a improperly placed fasteners on the roof. Water can leak inside the roof, and the roof will have an uneven temperature in the winter, causing ice dams. After applying the seam tape, cover it with a sealant made of polyurethane to protect the seal.
Metal roofs require much less effort to care for than standard shingle roofs. The occasional repair to the roof may be needed, especially if mistakes during the roof’s installation were made. Making basic repairs can be done yourself, but if you feel uncomfortable with your own standing seam metal roof repairs, give us a call and we can take care of your roof repairs for you.
Alpine Roofing Construction specializes in durable and energy efficient metal roofing in Dallas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.