Metal roofs are one of the most popular roofing options due to their durability. However, even the toughest roofing material can be susceptible to issues such as leaks. Today’s article from Roofmasters Roofing and Sheet Metal, one of the leading roofing contractors in the area, takes a look at the top three reasons your metal roof is leaking.
Reason #1: Misaligned Screws
While screws penetrate the roofing membrane, they are installed in such a way that keeps water out. When the screws weren’t drilled in properly or have simply weakened over time, leaks are formed. Leaks can also occur when the screws aren’t driven in enough into the framing, or were driven too deep into the framing, were installed at the wrong angle, or have completely missed the roofing frame. These mishaps all result in holes in the roof, leading to pesky leaks.
Reason #2: Overlapping Seams
Overlapping seams on sheet metal roofs cause leaks when water travels between the two tightly joined sheets or pieces of metal. You can use sealant to prevent the capillary draw process, but the sealant has to be applied properly. Otherwise, you stand to make the leaks even worse.
Reason #3: Faulty Flashings
Residential roofing systems often have many contours, slopes and valleys. These areas can make flashing installation challenging, especially where the HVAC units, vents and plumbing pipes are installed. Curb and stack flashings expand and contract due to changes in the temperature. When this happens, water seeps in through the gaps and cracks afforded by the shift in the material.
There are many other reasons why your metal roof might be leaking. It’s best to have your trusted roofer to inspect and pinpoint the culprits. When it comes to metal roofs and sheet metal fabrication, Roofmasters Roofing and Sheet Metal is the company to trust. Call us today at (785) 628-3614 to get your free estimate. We cater to Hays and Colby, KS.