Did you know your metal roof should be inspected every 10-15 years? Many folks assume because it’s metal, it’ll last a lifetime. And this is true, but what’s easy to forget is the smaller pieces can fail, such as cracked and dried gaskets, rusted screws, and old roof panel stoppers. And while these can seem like minor problems, when it rains, it pours. And if your roof isn’t fully sealed, rain can wreak havoc: damaging insulation, ruining warehouse equipment and causing mold.
THREE THINGS TO LOOK FOR THAT MAY SIGNAL ROOF ISSUES:
1. If you have a drop ceiling, check for stains on the tiles.
2. For buildings that do not have a ceiling, be on the lookout for sagging insulation. The white vinyl backing to the insulation might resemble a water balloon protruding from the wall.
3. Other signs, such as rust on the roof panels, or fiberglass strands showing on skylights, can be tell tales of impending roof leaks.
And, if you don’t know how and where to walk on your metal roof, you could be doing even more damage, causing even more failure points for future leaks.
If you are qualified to hop up on the roof and look at the leak yourself, let’s talk about the three most common mistakes people make when trying to fix a leaky metal roof.
1. While sealant may seem like a good idea, it’s a short-term fix. A very short-term fix. Plus, it has a tendency to dry out and make future repairs more difficult and costly.
2. Some think it would be a good idea to build a new roof over the old roof. While there are several problems with this, the main issue comes when you’re unable to find the old leaks because you’ve just gone and covered them up. Your insulation and other materials near the roof could still be damaged and in need of replacement…This band-aid technique is a definite no-go.
3. Some people attempt to cover their old insulation with fresh insulation, apparently thinking: sure the roof is leaking, but at least this new insulation will keep the rain from dripping into the warehouse…First of all, the second your insulation is damaged by water, you may need to consider replacement. Mold, mildew and other problems arise when insulation gets wet, so just covering it with new insulation is going to do nothing but mask an existing issue.
If you want to save time and energy, give us a call. We can come out and do a free roof inspection. If we find any issues, we’ll give you a quote and let you decide your next steps. We’ve been in the game for a while now, and we’re offering this service because we know what can happen when a roof isn’t properly cared for.
Give us a call or shoot us an email to set up your free metal roof inspection!