If your metal roofing has started leaking but you don’t know why, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we’ll discuss what causes your metal roof to leak, how you can fix it and where to go for professional assistance.
Why Your Metal Roof is Leaking
While metal roofs – especially those designed and installed by our professional team at Manchester Roofing – are some of the most secure and leak-proof in the industry, it doesn’t mean they are indestructible.
In this section, we’ll talk about some of the most common reasons your metal roof may be leaking, and what you can do to fix the problem.
A well-maintained metal roof can last anywhere from 40 to 80 years before it needs replacing. If it’s been a while since your roof has been replaced – or you don’t know how old your roof is – it may be time to arrange a consultation with our roofing experts.
Poor Condition or Damage
Over time, the condition of your roof deteriorates (due to any number of factors). If your existing roofing system is in disrepair or rusted, it’s likely to leak or cause other problems.
Choosing the Wrong Design for Building or Location
Choosing the wrong design for your building can result in your roof being ill-equipped to deal with the amount of rainfall you experience. If this happens, and your drainage system can’t cope, you end up with leaks.
That’s why it’s always important to discuss the pitch and angle of your roof before installation.
Flashings, Valleys & Roof Capping
While this point is somewhat connected to the design and angle of your roofing, it’s worth its own section. Flashings are installed over the joins in your roof to bridge gaps.
If these are improperly installed, you may experience a leaky roof. The same is the case if your valleys are not properly installed or your roof capping becomes cracked.
Dirty Roofs or Clogged Gutters
Metal roofs are a popular choice for many commercial businesses due to their fuss free nature. But it doesn’t mean they’re completely maintenance-free.
If you want to maintain the integrity of your roof, you need to make sure it is cleaned on a fairly regular basis. This is particularly the case for guttering, where the rain will drain away.
Rust & Corrosion
Rust and corrosion will eventually build up over time. If not taken care of as soon as you spot it, it may cause severe damage to your roof. This includes leaks and other issues.
Damp is no friend to a metal roof. Left untreated, damp can cause the leaks you’re trying to avoid, and should be something you are on the lookout for during your regular clean.
As great as skylights can be, if you’re experiencing leaks, they may be the cause of your problem. Ensure they’re properly maintained, serviced and installed by a qualified professional if you want to avoid the issue.
Your roof’s membrane will help keep water out, much in the same way it will in a bathroom. However, if it becomes punctured it will cause leakage and be the root of your problem.
Where to Go for Assistance
While it is technically possible for you to fix some of these issues yourself, it is not something we would recommend attempting.
This is particularly true if you don’t know what you’re doing, are unsure of the issue or simply uncomfortable working at heights.
To arrange for a professional inspection of your leaking roof, contact our experienced team today.