Metal roof systems are among the most durable roofing material available. With regular maintenance, a new metal roof may last 50 years and more. You may be wondering what to do if your metal roof is leaking, unsightly or in general disrepair. Keep reading to help determine if your metal roof may be repaired or if you are better off going with a new metal roof replacement.
Leaks and Water Damage
Metal roof installation involves hardware, such as screws, nails and bolts, to fasten metal roofing sheets, flashing and other parts of the roof. The integrity of hardware fasteners is contingent upon the installation quality, frequency of maintenance and what Mother Nature may have in store during South Florida’s hurricane season.
Leaks in metal roofs typically occur due to failure of fasteners at flashing and roofing seams. Subsequent water damage to the underlying systems in your home, such as timber, insulation, HVAC equipment, electrical wiring, drywall and more, can be quite substantial.
If you detect water spots on your ceiling or walls, or if you notice roof wear, such as lift-up and missing screws, call your roofing contractor for a comprehensive roof inspection. If damage has occurred to your roof and underlying systems, it may be time for a new metal roof replacement.
Rust and Corrosion
Another telltale sign your metal roof needs attention is rust and corrosion. Rust and corrosion will typically appear at up-lifted seams and fastener points that tend to collect more water since they serve as entry points to the sub-roofing materials. Bear in mind that if the roof coating has degraded, rust and corrosion are inevitable.
However, even rust and corrosion may be repairable defects if you have caught the problem in time. Rather than going up on your roof yourself, which is never recommended due to safety, call your Davie roofing contractor.
Roofing Cost Analysis
Ask your contractor to perform a lifetime cost analysis comparing a new metal roof replacement to the cost of repairing your old roof. A lifetime cost analysis shows you the long-term savings gained for fewer repairs, tax credits and energy savings between installing a new metal roof and repairing your old roof.
A lifetime cost analysis is recommended for your current home or if you are in the market for a new home. Regardless, a weatherproof roofing system is essential to your current or new home investment.
If you need help deciding between a metal roof replacement or repairs, contact the experts at A-1 Property Services today. We’re a licensed GAF Master Elite® roofing contractor using the best products for new and replacement roofs throughout Davie and all surrounding areas.Read: Shingle VS Metal Roofing Showdown