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If you’re thinking about a new roof for your home, you might be looking for the perfect system. Unfortunately, no such roof exists. No matter how well you care for a roof, there is still the potential for damage. Metal roofs are no different. 

While metal roofs are some of the most durable and long-lasting roofs, things can happen that are beyond your control. The good news is that there are fewer of these possibilities than with other types of roofs like asphalt shingles or tile. But you need to be well-informed, so here are some of the most common causes of metal roof damage and the ways you can avoid them. 

Common Causes of Problems With Metal Roofs

No one likes to think about roofing problems. But being aware of the possible issues that can occur with a metal roof can help you prevent costly repairs. 

1. Leaking

A leaky roof is probably every homeowner’s nightmare. In addition to having to fix the roof, there is the potential for a lot of internal damage. If part of your metal roof (fasteners, sealant, etc.) is installed incorrectly, leaks are possible. 

2. Scratching and Scuffing

Anything smooth with paint on it, like a metal roof, can get scratched or scuffed. Most metal roofing manufacturers take precautions with their materials during storage and transportation. Your roofing installer should as well. 

3. Oil Canning

Oil canning is something that happens when your roof becomes overstressed and is unable to stay flat on the roof’s surface. If your roof’s panels look wavy, you could have this issue. 

4. Fading and Chalking

Fading and chalking can happen in any environment, but the degree of damage can vary. Fortunately, most metal roof manufacturers offer warranties that cover fading and chalking, so you don’t have to worry about this issue. 

5. Corrosion

One of the top reasons for choosing a metal roof is so that you have something that will last a long time (50+ years) and protect your home. When your metal roof starts to corrode well before the end of its useful life, it could be because of inferior materials or coating. 

6. Dissimilar Metals

When different metals are combined on a roofing system, it can create a negative reaction that leads to staining, degradation, and the potential failure of the roof. Speak with your contractor about the materials that will be used on your roof and the potential for this type of damage. 

7. Other Installation Errors

Various installation errors can lead to serious problems with metal roofs. Loose screws, missing accessories and parts, and inadequately attached flashing are just a few examples. This is why it’s important to learn about metal roofs and choose the right contractor. 

How to Minimize Metal Roofing Problems

The best way to avoid many of these common problems with metal roofs is to work with the right metal roofing contractor. A lot of what we listed is caused by either the use of inferior materials or installation errors. A reputable metal roofing contractor will be one that is:

  • Fully licensed and insured
  • An established business in the community
  • Knowledgeable about the product
  • Responsive and helpful

Need Help With a Metal Roof in Missouri?

If you want to learn more about how to avoid metal roof damage or are interested in a metal roof for your home, Excel Metal Roofing, L.L.C., can help. Since 1999, our company has been helping people throughout the Versailles, Missouri area with all of their metal roofing needs. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.