Metal roofs can be very durable, however, constant moisture or heavy snow or rain can easily damage the metal. The first thing that’ll happen when your metal roof is compromised is the appearance of leaks on your ceilings. Leaks don’t show up out of the blue. There’s a long process to it and depending on the moisture, the problem can be big or small. Nonetheless, if you’ve witnessed even a small patch of a leak or moist area on your ceiling it means that damage has been already done. And if you don’t do anything things will get worse with time.
The best way to counter the leak issue in your metal roofs is to call up your local professional roofing company and get them to do the job for you. Still, if you think that your roof is already very old and want to prolong its usefulness for a little while longer you can resort to doing it yourself with DIY repair concepts. It’ll greatly depend on the leak itself and if the problem is severe it would be wise to not apply any amateur solution to fix it.
The first task for you or the roofing company will be to locate the leak spot from the roof’s exterior. This can be quite tricky since the leaks may appear a few meters away from the source of the seepage. This means that you will have to spend quite some time to locate the source of the leak. Again, a professional roofing company will be more prepared to find it for you and save you a lot of headache.
Once you have located the source of the leak, the best option for your DIY repair will be to install new sheets of metal to replace the damaged ones. However, you’ll need to fill the hole with a sealant before you install the sheets so it can stop the leak. Otherwise, the leak will reappear soon after. In order to install a new metal sheet, you must be sure that there are no hidden leaks or else you’ll have to do it all over again. This may lead you to pay more time and money, which is not a good position to be in especially after your physical efforts.
Before you install the new sheets, you must be able to cover the leak source with a high-quality sealant. There are many types of sealants available on the market. You’ll have to decide which one best suits your needs depending upon the weather conditions of your area. If you experience a lot of snow or rain it would be best to use multiple sealants for extra protection. You can also request your local roofing company to help you find the right sealant to get that leak covered for a few more seasons.