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The 5 most common metal roof problems – and how roof plumbers help

Your roof is one of the fixtures of your home, just like your walls or the driveway.

It’s always been there for you and requires minimal upkeep, unlike things such as your fridge or your plumbing.

As such, it’s easy for people to assume that it’ll always be there, protecting you and your property from the elements.

There’s a reason our roof plumbers in Melbourne refer to metal roof installation as low-maintenance, and not no-maintenance. While it’s plenty tough and doesn’t require much attention, it’s still susceptible to problems.

And here are some of the more common ones…

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Problem 1: metal roof leaks

Fed up with having to break out the buckets every time the sky starts to get cloudy?

Not only do they get water everywhere and create tripping hazards, but roof leaks can also result in other problems, such as:

  • Mould in roof cavities
  • Water damage to your ceiling
  • Damage to insulation
  • Ceiling stains
  • Water damage to roof beams and rafters
  • Electrical fire (if they get onto electronics)

Let’s face it, roof leaks aren’t pleasant – ideally, you’ll avoid springing a roof leak in the first place.

Of course, you’ve got one now, and you have to deal with it.

Pots and buckets are only a temporary fix – for a lasting solution to roof leaks, you need to call a roof plumber.

Whether it’s a worn section of roof or a seal that’s come loose, we’ll identify the source of the leak and patch it up, protecting your home and property from unwanted water damage.

Problem 2: loose panels

Did you know? Metal changes size with the temperature, expanding with heat and contracting when it’s cold.

This is what we in the biz call thermal expansion. And it isn’t just limited to changes between seasons, either – it happens every single time the sun rises and sets.

As a result, it isn’t unheard of for older metal roofs to present with loose panels as a result of years of this shifting and changing in size.

Not only that, but in some instances, thermal expansion can also result in metal roofing panels bend or shift slightly.

Luckily, this is a problem that can be solved with proper roof design.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that older roofs were designed and installed to the same standard. Combined with the sheer amount of thermal expansion they’re exposed to over the years, and it’s little wonder that this issue is so common with older roofs!

Luckily, it’s something that our team of roof plumbers can fix – all you need to do is book a metal roof repair.

Problem 3: rust

Today’s metal roofs are highly-resistant to rust. For example, are Watermaster Roofing, we rely heavily on COLORBOND roofing, and one of the reasons for this is its proprietary coatings that protect it from rust.

In summation, rust isn’t something you’ll need to worry about with a brand new, modern metal roof.

The problem is that a lot of older metal roofs were installed before these developments were made.

Take a drive around the inner suburbs of any one of Australia’s capital cities, and you’ll see what we’re talking about. You’ll see old, rusted metal roofs from before metallurgy and rust protection techniques reached the point that they’re at today.

In addition to providing metal roofing repairs, our roofing experts in Melbourne also provide metal reroofing services, replacing worn metal roofs with new ones that are:

  • Better-looking…
  • … stronger and easier to look after…
  • … and more durable than older metal roofs!

Problem 4: loose fasteners

Your metal roof is held in place by a system of fasteners. Pretty much, we’re talking screws drilled directly into the frame (though sometimes they’re supported by clips built into metal roofing panels).

Since these are the things that keep your metal roof in place, any issues with these fasteners can cause metal roof problems.

What sorts of issues are we talking about?

  • Loose screws
  • Rusted screws
  • Not enough fasteners to secure your roof

And that can lead to rattling, leaks and even metal roofing panels coming loose altogether!

Our roof plumbers can spot fasteners that are failing, replacing and resealing them. We can even add extra fasteners to your roof, making it stronger and more secure.

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Problem 5: guttering and roof plumbing problems

We know, gutters aren’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you think of metal roofing problems – however, they’re one of the most overlooked parts of keeping your roof healthy!

Gutters play an integral part of your roofing system (because make no mistake, your roof is more than just metal panelling – it’s an entire system of individual parts all working together to protect your home and property).

In particular, gutters and roof plumbing in particular:

  • Protects your home’s siding
  • Prevent flooding around your house
  • Stops water from cascading off your roof
  • Ensure rainwater drain properly

All of these are pretty important – what’s more, they also require your gutters and roof plumbing to be well-maintained and in good shape.

Over the years, your gutters can run into all sorts of problems.

It could be screws that hold your gutter up coming loose. Alternatively, it could be a case of the gutter material itself wearing out. Rust is another common issue. And of course, who could forget about gutters and downspouts simply clogging?

Whatever the issue is, the end result is the same: gutters that aren’t able to do their job.

Our roof plumbers are experts in fixing gutters and downpipes, protecting your home from the problems that come with a worn-out gutter system.

Roofing problems? Call our roof plumbers today

Despite the name, our roof plumbers don’t just look after gutters and the like – our roofing contractors provide comprehensive metal roofing services, all designed to ensure that your roof continues to perform and protect your property.

Using quality roof materials, our fully qualified roofing experts can:

  • Repair your roof
  • Refit any parts that are past their prime
  • Replace your roof altogether

If need be, our experience also allows us to install new metal roofs as well for renovation and construction projects.

Whatever it is that you need, our roof plumbers can do it!

Looking after your home starts by looking after your roof. Click here to get in touch with our metal roofing team – alternatively, give us a call on 1300 156 650 to see what we can do for you.

You can also visit us for metal roofing in Melbourne: pop into our headquarters at 9/22 George St Sandringham, VIC 3191, if you prefer a more hands-on approach.

2022-05-25T09:08:53+00:00 September 10th, 2020|Metal roofing|

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