Metal roofs are durable, but no roof is 100% leak-proof. Our Longwood metal roof leak repair team offers tips on avoiding roof leaks and what to do when you get one.
Did you know that metal roofs are trending these days? It’s true! And it’s no wonder why. They are incredibly durable and come in so many colors and styles. They allow a homeowner to make a bold statement on their home. Does that durability translate into fewer leaks than other roofing materials? Let’s find out.
The most common reason you’ll need Longwood metal roof leak repair is due to improper installation. But you don’t need to worry about that with Advantage Roofing. We have been serving Central Florida for over 30 years, and our reputation wouldn’t be as superior if we didn’t know what we were doing. That said, if you have a metal roof, be aware that these issues could turn into leaks.
These are common reasons your metal roof can leak from poor installation.
Metal Roofing Screws – If your roofing screws were not screwed in tight enough or were screwed in too tightly, it can cause a leak. Roofing screws must fit precisely to the roof manufacturer’s specifications to avoid leaks from ill-fitting screws. You also need to use the right type and size of screws.
Metal Roof Clips – Some metal roofs have standing seams instead of (or in addition to) roofing screws. When the clips on these seams don’t fit properly, water can seep in. Water can also cause rust if the clips are not sealed properly.
Slope Issues – The slope of a metal roof should be at least 25%, ideally 33%. Before installing a metal roof, our team will confirm that your roof is sloped enough to be compatible with this roofing material. When a roof is “too flat,” water can pond and leak into seams and screw holes.
Flashing Problems – Flashing is essential for any roof as it covers transitions between the roofing materials and non-roof points, including chimneys, skylights, and walls. If the wrong flashing material was used or it wasn’t sealed properly, you can have issues with leaks.
Roof Penetrations – Skylights and vents must be appropriately sealed to avoid leaks. Metal roofs need sealant applied periodically as part of their regular maintenance routine.
Gutters – Improperly installed gutters don’t allow water to drain safely from the roof to the ground. Anytime water is permitted to collect, there is the possibility of leaking. You should have your gutters inspected regularly in case of damage that should be repaired.
Everyday wear and tear can also make your metal roof susceptible to leaks.
Storm Damage – Wind can loosen your roof’s metal panels.
Dents – Hail and tree limbs can create dents that can result in places for water to collect. Do you know what happens next? That’s right – leaks.
Age – Metal roofs can last for decades, but no roof lasts forever. If you bought a home with an older metal roof, it might be time to replace it. If you’re unsure how old your roof is, let us look. We can tell you what repairs you need to keep your roof going strong. We can also tell you when it’s time to pick out a new one.
Metal roofs are in high demand because they are easy to care for and last almost a lifetime. Our Longwood metal roof leak repair team recommends regular inspections and maintenance to keep your roof leak-free and looking great for years. Contact Advantage Roofing today to determine if a metal roof suits your home.