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Metal Roofing Repair
Metal roofing, both aluminum or steel, is becoming more and more popular with homeowners. It is no longer the old tin roof on the barn or shed out back. Today's metal roofs come in a variety of styles (including those stamped to resemble shingles) and colors. This type of roof is popular because it is lightweight, long-lasting, and eco-friendly. However, because it is so different from traditional asphalt shingles, most repairs should be done by a licensed contractor experienced in metal roofing repair.
DIY metal roofing repair
There are very few metal roofing repair jobs that can be done by the homeowner, but there are a few. The main repairs someone with little home improvement experience should attempt identifying loose nails and re-nailing them or panels, sanding rust spots and fixing small leaks. Loose nails should be pulled out and re-nailed; where there is one loose nail, chances are there are more. This is an important repair because loose nails could cause leaks which will cause damage not only to the roof, but the interior of the home as well.
Another fairly simple repair job is to re-caulk the seams between the metal panels. The caulking tends to deteriorate over time, making it thoroughly necessary to inspect your roof every year or so and reapply caulk where needed.
Metal roofing repair; when to call a contractor
Metal roofs are so very different than other types of roofs. For this reason, a contractor experienced in metal roofing repair should be called. One repair that should always be left to a professional is installing a completely new panel. Not only is it a dangerous job, but metal roofs require installation techniques that are unfamiliar and often difficult for the average homeowner to handle.
Basically, all repairs, expect for the simple ones listed above, would best be done by a contractor. Also, many warranties become invalid if they are worked on by an unlicensed person, which is another thing to keep in mind.