When you hear that clanking sound of a massive solid object hitting your tin roof, you’re bound to deal with nightmarish metal roof dents. Insurers won’t pay out for their repair or replacement because they’re only “cosmetic” and not “functional” or “structural” damage.
Having Calgary AB’s excellent and experienced roofers to handle metal roof dents will definitely ease your problems quickly. But, if you have DIY skills and are quite handy, you can deal with hail-borne metal roof dents effectively. Quality Roofing Texas has a great breakdown on hail damage and the likely areas it can damage across your roof.
How Hail Affects a Metal Roof
Metal roofing has a lot to recommend it when compared to traditional asphalt composite shingles or cedar shakes. The fact that metal is not really a combustible roofing material (Class A or B fire resistant rating) is cause for peace of mind, but it also does well in the elements – an important thing in Texas. Hail damage to all roofs is always a concern.
Hail is fairly common around the central Texas and Austin area, with an average of 31 days per year. Tornadoes have been reported on an average of 12 days per year. Although metal roofing fares better in these conditions, hail damage is not beyond the realm of possibilities.
Denting is the Most Common Damage
While hail is unlikely to blast a hole through your metal roof, a dent is far more likely. Since most hail strikes the roof at approximately 90 degrees, the steeper the pitch, the less damage is likely.
The most common metal roofing is made from either hot dip galvanized or Galvalume® coated steel sheets. These are either coated using zinc or aluminum-zinc alloy. The two most important factors determining dents are the dent resistance of the steel and its thickness. If you are a candidate for frequent hail, thicker is always better.
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Now that you know where to start, it’s time to begin the repair process. You’ll need to follow a set number of steps to address metal roof dents coming from a hailstorm. It will involve sanding but not with advanced tools. You’ll use a lightweight sandpaper, a stud welder with a slide hammer, metal repair putty, and a putty knife.
SF Gate Home Guides has an excellent step-by-step process that you can refer to below.
How to Fix Dents in a Metal Roof
Dented metal roofs without large rust spots can be repaired.
Metal roofs are highly durable, but they can be damaged by hail or debris that is thrown about during high winds. Metal roof panels that are cracked by severe weather conditions should be replaced. However, if your metal roof is dented by hail, tree limbs, or even rocks and it is not ripped or cracked, it can be repaired by pulling the dented section back out with a stud welder.
- Put on safety glasses, heavy work gloves and rubber soled work boots. The rubber soled boots will give you extra traction as you walk on the metal roof. Set your ladder against the side of the house, near where the metal roof is dented.
- Have a helper hold the ladder steady as you climb up to inspect the dents in the roof. Have them stand by where you will be working to act as your spotter and to move the long outdoor extension cord for the stud welder you while you work, so that you do not trip over it.
- Sand the surface of the dent with fine grade sandpaper to remove any paint or rust spots. (Read full post here)
At this point, metal roof dents are grueling after your experience providing repairs. You’re thinking of ways to prevent damages from happening to your metal roof. We always advise our Calgary AB patron homeowners to have regular yearly or bi-annual roof maintenance.
Some might see it as added expense. In our experience, it helps experienced professional roofers like us to contain these problems before they evolve. If you want to maintain your metal roof on your own and save, you can follow EPDM Coatings’ step by step instructions right here.
How to Maintain and Repair Your Metal Roof
With proper maintenance and timely repairs, metal roofs can last a very long time. These systems are designed to be long-lasting. Here are some maintenance and repair suggestions that will keep your roof looking like new, year after year.
Inspect and Clean Regularly:
Inspect your roof at regular intervals throughout the year. Seasonal inspections are a good idea to save your roofs from leaks if you live in an area where there are four distinct seasons. You should also inspect after storms. Hail, wind, snow and even severe rain can damage your roofing.
You should clean your roof at least once a year. You may only need to clean once a year to make sure that gutters are clear of leaves and other debris that could cause water to pool or ice dams to form. You can use soap and water to clean most metal roofing systems, but check the manufacturer’s specifications to be sure.
Ensure that Different Metals Do Not Touch:
If different kinds of metal touch and become wet, they will corrode. For example, copper pipes projecting through sheet metal will eventually rust at the point of contact. There are products on the market to prevent this kind of contact.
Minor scratches might not seem like a big problem. But if they are not repaired, water will gather in the uneven surface and rusting will occur. To repair scratches, pour a small amount of mineral spirits on a clean cloth and use it to remove any debris from the scratches. After the area dries, take a small paintbrush and cover the scratched area with an appropriate color of metal touch-up paint. You can follow up with a clear coat to provide additional protection. Summer season is the best time to fix roof leaks problems and there are products available in the market like Liquid EPDM Rubber coatings and Elastomeric coatings. (Read full post)
At No Payne Roofing, we can address your metal roof dents in the fastest time possible. Furthermore, we’ll give your roof a complete inspection, and you won’t have to spend a single penny for it. Contact us today to get a free inspection and quote.