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The Few and the Fearless: A Blog About Roofers


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The Few and the Fearless: A Blog About Roofers

Not just anyone can be a roofer. To excel in this profession, you have to be bold and strong. You must be able to heave a heavy bundle of shingles up a ladder, drive nails into a hard surface, tell the difference between minor and severe damage, and so much more. Roofers do not always get enough credit for the work they do, but one thing is for certain: their work is essential. As you read the articles on this website, we ask that you pay close attention to the vast nature of the work that roofers do. The next time you see a roof, you'll have even more appreciation for it.

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Have A Metal Roof? Watch Out for These Three Problems

Metal roofs can last a very long time, but they can develop problems. Fortunately, in most cases, you can get the problems repaired by a roofing contractor. Keep reading so you will know if you should repair or replace your metal roof.

Problem With Roof Leaking

A common problem with all roofing systems is leaks. If your metal roof is leaking, there may be holes in the metal, or there may be gaps. Over time, the leaks will become much worse, which is why it is important to have your roof repaired as soon as you notice that it is leaking. This will help you save a lot of money because if you wait too long you will have even more damage on your roof, as well as damage to the inside of your home. A roofing contractor can repair this problem easily in most cases. The contractor may use caulking to close up holes. Once this is done, you do need to be careful and not walk on your metal roof as this could loosen the caulking.

Problem With a Blow Off

If part of your metal roof is blowing off, this is generally due to a bad installation. For example, the flashing may not be attached properly, which will result in gaps and open seams. If this happens, parts of your metal roof can blow off. If you notice this, hire a roofing contractor. If you do not, roof blow off can cause enough damage that you would have to have your roof replaced. A roofing contractor can determine if the metal roof was installed properly. The contractor can also repair this for you by attaching the flashing so that it is secure and repairing any open seams. 

Problems With Oil Canning

If you notice parts of your metal roof are not flat, this can be due to oil canning. This is often caused by the metal system being stressed, which will prevent the metal from holding flat. You may also notice a lot of waving on your metal roof. This can happen with most types of metal, such as copper, steel, zinc, or aluminum. Oil canning can be caused by a bad installation or someone walking on the roof too much, such as to repair the roof. Unfortunately, oil canning cannot be repaired in most cases. This means you will likely have to replace your metal roof. 

The roofing contractor that you hire to repair or replace your metal roofing can give you much more information about this.