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Damage Your Roof Repair Contractor Might Look For When Checking Your Metal Roof

If your metal roof is getting old and it hasn't been checked by a roofing contractor for a long time, it's a good idea to see if it needs any roof repairs. It's often difficult to detect problems with metal roofs since there aren't individual shingles that show problems easily. Plus, metal roofs can be hazardous to walk on when they're slippery. A roofer can check the roof for you and let you know if it needs repairs. They might even use a drone to do the inspection so you can see photos of the damage they describe. Here are some types of damage the roof repair contractor might look for.

Rusty Spots

Metal roofs are treated so they won't rust, but rust might still develop if the coating on the roof is scratched off. The roof repair contractor wants to find rusty spots so they can be repaired. Rust spreads and continues to eat away at metal. Eventually, rust can eat a hole through metal, so finding and repairing rusty areas is important.


A metal roof can be punctured, but this problem is more common on commercial metal roofs that get a lot of foot traffic. However, since punctures are a possibility, the roof repair contractor keeps an eye out for them when checking your roof so they can be repaired promptly.

Loose Fasteners

Metal roofs have fasteners put on in different ways. Some are more likely to develop problems than others. Fasteners with rubber washers can back out when the rubber washers wear down. The roof repair contractor checks for loose fasteners when checking your roof. Loose or missing fasteners can be replaced and done so in a way that still allows for proper movement of the metal panels when they expand and contract.

Leaky Vent Pipes

The vent pipes for the bathrooms in your house go through your roof. They usually have a rubber collar or metal flashing around them so rain can't leak around the pipe. Rubber can break down after years of sun exposure, and if the collar cracks or peels away, rain can leak in your attic. The roofer checks around vent pipes and other places on your roof that have flashing to make sure it's in good shape and not in danger of leaking.

Once the roofer has checked your roof, they make recommendations for the work needed, if any. You might need to schedule an appointment for another day, and if it's necessary, the roofer might make temporary repairs to keep rain out until your roof can be repaired permanently.