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How to Repair a Metal Roof

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Generally speaking a metal roof should not require a repair, especially if a new metal roof was just recently installed. If you are experiencing roof leaks following the installation of a new metal roof, then you need to get a hold of a roofing company that installed your metal roof.

If your roofer, does not answer your calls, then you need to contact a metal roofing manufacturers representative and BBB to help resolve this. You can also have another metal roofing company help you inspect and identify the cause of your roof leak. You may have to pay for this service.

If you have tried all of the above, and got nowhere and your roof is still leaking, then you will need to figure out what is causing your roof leaks. Chances are that your installer has made some errors in the installation of a roof flashing detail.

You will need to have your chimney, skylight, valley, and end-wall flashing inspected to see if it they are properly flashed. It may get tricky with an end-wall metal flashing, because it is not easy to see behind the wall covering, which is usually, a wood, or vinyl siding. If the end wall flashing is to short (anything less than 6 inches in height, then it may well explain the cause of your roof leaks. Especially if your roof leaks occur in the winter, when there is a lot of snow accumulating near the walls of your home.

If you have inspected everything and determined that it is the end-wall flashing that is causing your roof leaks, then you will need to lift up siding, and extend and reinstall your end wall flashing. You may also consider using ice and water, which should get applied directly to the deck of your roof.

If you have an old metal roof, and your roof is leaking due to its age, then you can have metal roof coatings professionally applied to your roof, to give it a fresh coat, which will cover any sources of roof leaks, and will also help keep your roof cooler, thereby reducing your cooling costs.

References:

NewEnglandMetalRoof.com – New England Metal Roofing Company.

Written by Roof Repair 101

July 13th, 2012 at 2:25 am