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Is Your Roof Rusting? Tips for Replacing Your Metal Roof and Protecting It in the Future

Metal roofs are popular for businesses and agricultural buildings and are growing in popularity for homes as well. Homeowners appreciate the long lifespan, durability, and insulation these roofs are. Additionally, metal roofs are a good choice for the environment because they are often made of recycled materials and can be recycled when they’re replaced. These reasons and others also make metal roofs popular for log cabins. If your cabin’s current roof has reached the end of its lifespan, it’s time to get a replacement. Here are some tips for choosing and maintaining your new metal roof.

Choose the Right Material

There are several types of metal that you can use for your metal roof replacement. Steel and aluminum are both popular options. Steel is particularly durable and doesn’t need a lot of maintenance compared to some other types of metal. However, steel is a heavy metal and can put a lot of weight on the structure of your home. Aluminum is lightweight and won’t rust. However, if your home is in an area prone to hail or high winds, it is more likely to become dented than steel. 

Other types of metal used for roofs include copper and zinc. Copper is an extremely attractive material with a long lifespan, but it will change color over time. Many homeowners enjoy the unique look this gives their homes. Similarly, zinc roofs have a long life, and the patina they develop keeps it from rusting. However, it is an expensive material for roofs, making it less popular.

Remove Debris

Metal is more likely to rust or otherwise degrade when it comes into contact with other materials. Leaves, twigs, branches, dirt, and other contaminants can all reduce the lifespan of your metal roof. To prevent those issues, clear debris off your roof and out of the gutters and valleys quickly, especially after a storm. While you can do this yourself, it’s often recommended that you have a professional take care of the cleaning. Because they have more experience and better equipment, they can protect both you and your roof.

Check for Damage

While metal roofs are strong, they can be dented, which can make them more likely to rust in those spots. Inspect your roof after hail, high winds, or falling branches. Some dents you may be able to see from the ground, but some are smaller, so you may need to ask a professional to inspect your roof for you. Even if you haven’t noticed any significant damage or problems, you should have your roof inspected about once a year.

Seal Seams

While we often think of a roof as one solid thing, in reality, there are many seams and vulnerabilities in your roof. Vents, skylights, chimneys, and joints in the roof are all weaknesses that need special care. You should ensure that there is proper flashing and seals around these areas. If you notice flashing or sealant cracking or peeling away from the roof, you should have it replaced immediately to prevent further damage.

A metal roof replacement can be a wise investment for the security and safety of your home. However, you need to ensure that you continue to care for the new roof after it’s installed. While metal roofs don’t require a lot of maintenance, proper care ensures that your roof will last as long as possible.

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