Over time, your roof will deteriorate. This may be due to the elements like harsh winters or natural rusting caused by saltwater if you live by the coast. Roof shingles may need to be replaced. You might have to replace your roof entirely. What are some of the steps to restoring your metal roof?
Modern metal roofs are often coated with a protective layer that slows down or prevents deterioration. This includes all types of options, including those with roof shingles and single seam designs. However, older metal roofs often are prone to rust, especially if they were not maintained.
Metal roofing is often made out of galvanized metal. Precipitation, standing water, sunlight and more can cause longterm damage. You want to address any rust before cracks and large holes develop. Wash the metal roof with detergent and water. Scrub off mold and dirt. Replace any rusted screws. Use a wire brush and sandpaper to remove surface rust.
Holes and Cracks
Use urethane roof cement and steel roofing mesh to repair any large holes and cracks. Use a putty knife to spread the roof cement over any holes. Afterward, cover it with roofing mesh. Add more cement over the mesh. Repeat the process. Smooth the section. Replace any panels that you cannot repair.
Coating and Repainting
Apply a protective coating to the roof, especially areas that you recently repaired. Scrape away excess peeling paint. Finally, apply metal roofing paint. Use products that are best for galvanized steel and that provide rust protection.
Prevent future damage by regularly maintaining your roof. This includes repairing any areas with rust or dents and repainting or recoating as needed. Be sure to repair your roof during cooler times of the year. Avoid working on the roof during very hot afternoons. Work with a friend to avoid accidents.
Enjoy decades of protection with proper maintenance and repair. You can repair your metal roof easily following these simple steps.