06/01/2018 by 
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Sometimes, things just go bad and you can’t really control them!

Take natural calamities for example. They happen out of the blue and you really can’t do anything to prevent them from happening ever! Thunderstorms and hailstorms can come unannounced and at times with an unexpected force.

The most you can do is to stay safe in such scenarios. You have your house but how strong is your house to shield you from the potential danger the raging thunderstorm poses?

Does your house have metal roofing? While it may be durable, it is surely not indestructible! Only proper maintenance can keep it in a shape that will ensure its life for the next 50 years or so.

Here, you will discover a three-step process that you can follow in the aftermath of a natural event or even on annual basis!

Step 1: Inspection

You should make it a practice to inspect the metal roofing in your house after a heavy hailstorm or a similar natural calamity. The things that you must check include the following:

  • Movement distress in the fasteners or panels
  • Any damage that the roof may have sustained due to snow, ice or hail
  • Clogging in the gutters or drains due to excessive dirt and debris
  • Any peeling off surface coating
  • Growing rust or corrosion on the metal beginning after a heavy rain
  • Check for damage to the sealant or any insect nests where you had applied the sealant

Step 2: Repairs

Upon inspection, you will surely find some of the areas on the roof damaged. In such a case, you will need to repair the areas in order to stop the damage from spreading out and affecting the entire roofing system.

If you find any holes in the roof, you can use cement to seal them. If you let the holes stay, they will become a major cause of leaks in your roof.

In case any part of the metal roofing has been left exposed due to peeled off coating or paint, you should get it covered immediately to prevent it from getting rusted. The longer it stays bare, there will be more chances of rust growing on that part of the metal.

Step 3: Replacement

True, metal roofing is the kind of expense that you generally carry out to avoid any replacement during its life. However, small parts of the roofing might need replacement due to factors affecting it.

Replace the Gaskets and Fasteners

Both the gaskets and the fasteners have a limited life. You must replace them on an annual basis to ensure that they don’t get rusted and infect the rest of the roofing with them.

In addition, you have to make sure that the type of metal used for the gaskets and the fasteners is similar to that of the roofing. Otherwise, the different metals will cause corrosion. Seal them after replacement.

Replace the Sealant and Coatings

Both the sealant and the coatings have a life of a couple of decades. Despite that check those every year for wear and tear as they can peel off with force. Make a routine for replacing them every few years to keep them fresh.

Use the three-step process to keep your metal roofing good as new for the rest of your life!