Repairing My Roof

How To Make Your Metal Roof Last As Long As Possible

Your metal roof can last much longer than other roofing options. While it is not indestructible, it is much more durable than other roofing options. If you would like your roof to last even longer, there are several things you should do.

Inspect Your Roof Regularly

Make sure that your metal roof is inspected at least twice a year. If you have had a severe weather event, you should consider having your roof inspected even more often. Look for evidence of movement distress in panels and fasteners. Find signs of rust or corrosion. Make sure snow and hail haven't damaged the roof. Look for signs of sealant failure.

Look for any missing or damaged gaskets. Make sure your surface coating has not failed. Also, make sure the drains and gutters have not become clogged. Movement on your roof can cause screws to pop out of their holes. Both the screw and some threads will be sticking out at the level of the roof panel or gasket. If you aren't sure what to look for, check out a website like AGVDMF.COM and contact a roofing professional for help.

Add New Sealant Every 20 Years

When your sealant is failing, you may see the sealant peeling or flaking. The sealant may begin to look discolored. Also, it might just be time to replace your sealant. A sealant is only meant to last 20 years. 

Replace Gaskets Based on the Manufacturer's Specifications

Like with the sealants, the fasteners have a limited lifespan. Check with the manufacturer to find out how long your gaskets should last, and hire a professional to replace them when it's time. 

Look for Other Signs of Damage

If there is damage caused by snow or ice, you may notice leakage under the roof and ice dams. This problem is most common when you have a low slope because the panels will be more likely to buckle under the weight of the snow.  

Clean Your Gutters

Like with all roofs, you will want to have the gutters cleaned routinely to make sure that water does not backup and accumulate on the roof. Otherwise, your roof will be more likely to corrode and fail. 

Buy the Best Metal Roofing Products

Choose more expensive roofing materials over less expensive materials. Choosing a top-quality metal roofing product installed by a professional will cause the roof to look better and will also make it last longer. Fortunately, your metal roof will likely last you between 40 and 70 years. However, if you want to make it more likely that your roof will last 70 years, take good care of it.