Managing a Metal Roof Leak

For homeowners, a roof leak is never a welcome sight. But, all types of roofing materials can become damaged and lead to leakage. This goes for metal roofing, too. While metal roofing is sturdy and holds up well against water damage, certain issues can lead to a metal roof leak. 

Here in Colorado, the team at RME has seen its fair share of metal roof leaks. By understanding the potential causes of a leak and when you should schedule a Denver roof replacement to resolve it, you can better protect the condition of your roof.  

Potential Causes of a Metal Roof Leak

There are several possible causes of a metal roof leak, including:

Sealant Damage

Metal roofing systems require sealant to fill in gaps surrounding the roof transitions and under roof trims. Unfortunately, the sealant typically doesn’t withstand the full lifespan of the roof itself. When the sealant breaks down over time, it will leave the gaps vulnerable to leakage.

For a metal roof, regular maintenance should involve replacing the sealant as it wears down. It’s important to use a sealant that’s made especially for metal roofing, given that silicone caulking generally won’t stick to the metal panels. Additionally, metal roofing expands and contracts every single day, making it crucial for sealants to stretch along with the metal.

Insufficient Flashing

Flashing is installed around vulnerable areas of a roof, including chimneys, roof valleys, and walls, to prevent water damage. If water reaches these areas of a roof without flashing, it could seep in and cause problems. If there isn’t enough flashing installed on a metal roof, it could result in a full-blown leak. The end walls, side walls, and roof valleys tend to be the starting point for roof leakage, so be sure to have them checked out if you suspect a metal roof leak. 

Fastener Damage

The panels on a metal roofing system are held together with either clips or screws with a rubber washer positioned at the screw head’s base. This washer essentially creates a gasket between the screw and the roof panel, which can effectively keep water from seeping into your roofing system. 

The roofing screws can have several problems that may cause leakage. While skilled Colorado metal roofers, like the team at RME, have the expertise to install the roofing screws properly, others may run into problems while installing roofing screws for metal roofing. The screws may be misaligned, under-driven, or over-driven. All of these problems can cause gaps in the metal seam laps, providing a space for water to leak into the roofing system. 

Insufficient Slope

For any type of roofing system, sufficient slope is needed to prevent ponding water. Ponding water occurs when water accumulates and sits on the surface of the roof, rather than draining properly. Metal roofing requires enough of a slope to drain water off of its surface (generally a slope of 4/12). Without enough of a slope, your metal roof may be accumulating water, which creates the risk of a leak. 

Poor Installation

There are several components that must be installed properly to protect the condition of a metal roof and prevent water damage. These include vent flashings, downspouts, foam closures, edge metal, and gutters. If any of these components are poorly installed, they may either not function properly or be susceptible to damage and eventually break. 

To ensure that your Colorado metal roof has the strength to withstand the elements and keep out water, you need a professional roofing team at your side. RME has long been a leading metal roofing company, creating durable, long-lasting metal roofing systems for Colorado homeowners. Installed correctly, metal roofing can withstand water damage, avoid leakage, and last for over 50 years. 

If you think that your metal roof may be leaking, contact the team at RME. Our team will assess the damage and recommend the best roofing solutions for your needs, whether it be repairs, maintenance, or a full Denver roof replacement. 

Signs That You Need a Roof Replacement

Roof replacements are an inevitable (and necessary) home improvement project that many Coloradans complete each year. Over time, as wear and tear accumulate, all roofs eventually need to be replaced for adequate home protection. That doesn’t mean, however, that you shouldn’t seriously consider the decision of whether or not to replace your roof. The timing of your roof replacement can make a big difference in the overall cost, as well as the potential for damage to other areas of your home. 

To help you decide whether or not the time has come for a Denver roof replacement, we’ve compiled the main indicators that your roof needs to be replaced.  

The Lifespan of The Roof Has Passed. 

All roofing systems have an approximate lifespan. At the end of this approximate time period, the roofing materials will likely have degraded to a degree that merits a roof replacement. So, a key indicator that you should replace your roof is the expected lifespan. After this lifespan has passed, it’s likely in your best interest to have the roof replaced. 

If you’re not sure of your roof’s lifespan, you can consult the home improvement documents. These records should tell you when your current roof was installed, as well as the roofing material used. You can use these insights to determine the expected lifespan of your roof and at what point in that lifespan you’re currently at. 

If you’re having trouble locating the records that you need to find out if your roof has reached the end of its lifespan, you can instead schedule an inspection with a Denver roofing company. Roofing specialists have the experience to determine the right time for a roof replacement.  

The Flashing is Compromised. 

Roof flashing isn’t likely to be something that crosses your mind often. However, it’s an essential component of your roofing system. The flashing is constructed of metal and serves to shield your roof against water damage. It’s positioned in areas that are generally the most susceptible to water damage, including the vents, chimneys, and skylights. 

Flashing can become damaged, both due to wear and tear and storm damage. For example, hailstorms in Denver can dent your flashing, making it misshapen and less effective at providing water damage protection. While flashing can be replaced without having to replace your entire roof, flashing damage is often a sign that other parts of your roofing system have deteriorated, too. 

The Shingles Are Damaged.

The shingles of a shingle roof are crucial to protect the inner roofing materials. Shingles offer protection against all weather conditions, whether it be wind, rain, snow, or hail. Additionally, shingles offer protection against the sun’s UV rays, which can gradually break down a roof and lead to various roofing issues. 

If you notice that your roof’s shingles are in poor condition, it could be time for a new roof. While, similarly to flashing, shingles can be replaced individually, shingle damage in and of itself is a sign that your roof is at the end of its days. 

Homeowners with asphalt shingle roofing need to keep an eye out for missing shingle granules. Once many of the outer protective granules are missing from the surface of a roof, the roof will have weakened significantly. This increases the risk for serious roofing issues, like a leak. 

The Roof Has a Leak. 

Speaking of roof leaks: If your roof is leaking, the damage may be comprehensive enough to require repairs. Leaks can be detrimental to your roof and even cause serious damage within your home. So, a roof leak isn’t to be taken lightly. If you notice water damage to the ceilings, walls, and/or flooring of your home, have a Denver roofing company perform an inspection to check for a leak. As a solution, they may recommend a Denver roof replacement. 

The Roof is Moldy. 

Mold within your roofing system is a sign that water has seeped in and started to break down your roofing materials. Mold grows in damp, dark environments and can even spread from your roof to your home. To stop the mold problem and get rid of all of the moldy roofing materials, your entire roofing system could need to be replaced. 

Contact Rocky Mountain Enterprises today to schedule a Denver roof replacement.