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Do I Need to Replace my Metal Roof?

Metal roofs are gaining popularity thanks to their long lifespan and sustainability. But if your home in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, or Bremerton has a metal roof, you might wonder, “when will I need to replace it?”

Typically, metal roofs last 40 years or more. So, if it was installed correctly and is properly maintained, you’re likely in good shape. However, let’s talk about a few scenarios when you might need to replace your metal roof.

A metal roof usually fails due to issues with installation or significant damage, usually due to weather. You can spot a failing metal roof if there are signs of rust, leaks, or damage due to storms or other weather events.

There’s Rust

It’s important to note that many metal roofs are made from materials that don’t rust. Rust-resistant materials, like galvanize steel, include a protective alloy made of zinc oxide. The zinc coating helps protect the panels and keeps them intact for decades.

When caught early, rust on a metal roof can be fixed. We recommend you call a professional to come and assess the situation. Often, the rust can be sanded off and the surface repainted. This will seal the metal and prevent further damage.

We usually see rust due to installation issues, so it’s important to call in a professional to make sure you have fixed the root of the problem, rather than just surface issues.

You Have a Leak

Leaks in metal roofs can be tricky and are caused by a variety of issues. Learn more about how to find leaks in your metal roof in this recent blog post.

Storm Damage

In the Pacific Northwest, strong winds that cause downed trees and branches typically cause the most damage to metal roofs. However, we have seen damage caused by heavy snow.

If anything causes damage to the integrity of your metal roof, you most certainly need to call in a professional to help you make sense of the damage.

Repair or Replace?

A metal roof is a long-lasting roof option, and we often find that minor problems, like leaks and small amounts of rust, can be repaired. But sometimes, the problem area is too extensive. Rust that has been left untreated for a long period, damage from severe storms, and excessive leaks may be problems that simply can’t be repaired. In these cases, we recommend a complete replacement.

Rainy Day is Happy to Help

If you think there’s a problem with your metal roof, it’s important to have it inspected as soon as possible. Rainy Day offers free inspections and estimates, so give us a call today.

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