If your professional building has a metal roof, you may want a roofer to check it once or twice per year to look for signs of damage. A metal roof can last for many years as long as damaged areas are repaired before they get too big. Here are some common metal roofing repairs you might need to have done that keep the metal panels from leaking.
1. Tighten Loose Screws
Metal panels might vibrate in strong winds, and this motion can cause screws to back out of their holes. When screws aren't tight against the rubber gaskets that rest against the metal panels, rain can drip in the holes. This is an easy problem to fix since the roofer can just tighten the screw back in place. If a screw is rusty or the gasket is damaged, they can be replaced and screwed back in the original hole.
2. Remove Rust
Rust is always an enemy to metal, and it's no different for metal roofs. Metal roofs are treated so they won't rust, but if the roof is scratched so rain can reach the bare metal, then rust can develop and then spread. Rust might also take over in places on the roof where rain gets trapped and takes a long time to evaporate.
Rust should be removed even if it hasn't damaged the metal yet. It can be scrubbed off with a metal brush, and once it's gone, the area can be primed and painted to match the color of the roof.
3. Patch Holes
Rust might eat through the metal and make holes that allow rain to leak through, and even small holes have to be patched. Your roofer can apply a patch made of metal that covers the hole and blends in with the roof once it's been painted. Areas that have been patched should be checked regularly since the adhesives may age faster than the rest of the roof and be susceptible to leaking.
4. Seal Loose Seams
Leaks can sometimes develop in the horizontal seams of metal roofs. Your roofer can seal these leaks using roofing cement or another product that covers the leak and seals it to keep out rain. Seam repairs should be checked regularly just like hole patches in case the cement used deteriorates and starts leaking.
Having your metal roof checked regularly can save you from having to deal with water damage in your building. Metal roofing repairs are often simple to do, and they can prolong the life of your roof and help you postpone the need for major repairs or a roof replacement for as long as possible.
To learn more, contact a metal roof repair company.