All metal roof owners eventually face problems such as roof leaks, rust, ultraviolet deterioration, photo-oxidizing, and a variety of weather-related damages. Instead of replacing your worn metal roof, consider that a quality roof coating can keep your existing metal roof safe and secure for years to come.
Roof leaks can damage more than just the contents of your building. They can weaken the walls and ceilings – jeopardizing the entire structure – as well as ruin insulation, causing your heating and cooling costs to soar. Instead of chasing and patching leaks or even re-roofing, metal roof restoration likely is a viable alternative well worth looking into.
Metal Roof Coating Restoration systems greatly extend the life of your existing metal roof at a fraction of the cost of replacement. They form a strong, protective barrier to prevent rust from forming on steel surfaces. Even where rust has a strong foothold, special anti-corrosion contents act to inhibit the further spread of the oxidation process, and heat stress is reduced with the high reflectivity of the coating material.
Before you go to the huge expense of replacing your metal roof, ask a Conklin roofing contractor to check it out. Chances are it can be renewed by applying Conklin’s high-performance Metal Roof Restoration (MR) System.
Conklin’s Metal Roof Coatings System was specifically designed to prevent leaks where they most often occur – at the seams. In addition to outstanding protection against water penetration, the Metal Roof Restoration (M/R) System extends the life of your roof by resisting weather extremes and reduces air conditioning costs by reflecting the sun’s harmful rays. A lightweight restoration roof coating can also preserve your building structure.
Perhaps you’re responsible for a commercial property that has a metal roof system. They make up a substantial portion of the United States’ roofing systems, so it is very likely that you have come across a metal roof on a building you were passing by.
If you are managing a business that has a metal roof system, you have probably had a metal roof leaking situation. The materials and specifics that constitute a metal roof are unique, so obviously, the repair options are unique as well.
A lot of industrial and commercial buildings use metal roof systems, and some of them utilize the metal roof system both in the sense of waterproofing the business as well as having it support the structural roof deck.
While metal roofs offer many advantages, they also come with their fair share of challenges. Understanding the biggest problems associated with metal roofs can help you take proactive measures to address them. Here are some key issues commonly encountered with metal roofs:
Condensation and Moisture: Metal roofs are susceptible to condensation buildup, especially in humid environments. If not properly addressed, condensation can lead to moisture-related problems such as rust, mold, and deterioration of the roof structure.
Expansion and Contraction: Metal roofs expand and contract with temperature fluctuations. This constant movement can cause stress on the roof panels, leading to the loosening of fasteners and potential gaps in the roof system.
Leaks and Water Intrusion: Improper installation, aging sealants, or damaged flashing can result in water leaks. Metal roofs can develop openings at horizontal seams and penetration points, allowing water to enter the building and causing damage to the interior.
Oxidation and Corrosion: Over time, metal panels on the roof can oxidize and corrode due to exposure to the elements. This can compromise the structural integrity of the roof and hinder repair efforts, making it essential to address oxidation promptly.
Fastener Issues: Metal roofs are secured with fasteners, such as screws or nails, which can loosen or back out over time. Vibrations, wind uplift, and freeze-thaw cycles can contribute to fastener movement, potentially leading to leaks and roof instability.
By understanding these common challenges, you can take proactive steps to address them and ensure the longevity and performance of your metal roof. Regular inspections, maintenance, and timely repairs can help mitigate these issues and extend the lifespan of your roof.
Believe us, you are one of many. Metal roof systems are susceptible to leaking in certain spots at some point.
It is important that every detail of the roof is taken care of. This is an integral part of the maintenance and installation services that we provide.
Here we list some of the frequent issues that we find during metal roof estimates.
Horizontal Seams Openings:
It is not always possible to extend the metal roof panels across the full rafter length of the building. Sometimes the designer limits the panel length considering the potential of contraction and expansion. As horizontal seams are likely to separate over time, this can be problematic since water can enter the building due to an opening created by the separation.
Penetration Flashing Openings:
We have already learned that metal roof systems can contract and expand, and that is caused by temperature changes that cause the metal panels to move. This movement can create pressure at the attachment points and cause penetrations through the roof system. The pressure causes breaks down flashings at the penetrations, and that ultimately results in roof leaks.
Oxidation of Metal Roofs:
These roofs are made up of many different materials, some of which include aluminum, steel, copper, zinc, and tin, and some of these are likely to oxidate. Metal roof panels are mostly made of coat-protected sheet metal, which can wear away over time, leaving the metal panels to oxidize. Oxidation in this situation can impede repairs and lead to issues such as structural failures. Application of a sealant can also be made more difficult thanks to metal panel oxidation at exposed fastener heads.
Fasteners Backing Out:
Metal roof systems normally include a combination of concealed and exposed fasteners, which can be screws or nails. The exposed ones will generally have a neoprene washer that seals the surface of the metal roof panel to the fastener head.
The fasteners can get out of their seated position with time, and that can happen for different reasons, such as vibration under wind conditions, wind uplift, freeze-thaw, and frozen water that later expands and leads to the fastener backing out.
Let the Conklin Metal Roof Restoration System Restore Your Roof!
At White Roofing Systems, our team of professional roofers takes pride in looking after your metal roofing system. We will inspect your roof and give you a detailed report on what we find during our assessment. Then we will hand you a written proposal of what we would like to do to fix your roof issues and potentially restore your metal roof.