Metal roofing is a very popular roofing material in South Florida. Furthermore, it’s the second most common type of roofing material in the world. Metal, when used as a roofing material, is greener, or more environmentally friendly than other roofing materials like asphalt shingles. But, for most homeowners, the most attractive part of metal roofing is the fact that it’s very affordable. Metal is also an incredible insulator when used as a roofing material. Metal roofing being an excellent insulator means that you’ll save money on air conditioning in the summer. In Florida, having a roof that is a great insulator is critical. Homeowners will likely be running their air conditioner year-round in Florida. Metal roofing is also incredibly durable. When the material is properly maintained, metal roofing can last up to 70 years. Although, like all roof systems, several potential issues can arise with metal roofing.
Most metal roofing is durable enough to avoid corrosion for decades. Although, there are a number of circumstances that can arise that cause a metal roof to corrode earlier than later.
Underside corrosion occurs if the metal is improperly coated on the underside of the panel. Most often, this happens when moisture gets trapped between the panel and the insulation or underlayment of the roof, which will cause the metal to weaken.
Saltwater corrosion is relatively common in South Florida for properties with metal roofing located near the ocean. In most cases, metal roofing that is in use near the sea will be made of metals that can protect against saltwater corrosion like aluminum or zinc. Additionally, special protective paint should be applied to combat corrosion saltwater corrosion. Even though these protective measures can be taken, saltwater corrosion still occurs over time, regardless of the precaution used.
These are just a few examples of corrosion on metal roofing that require repair when they occur. If you suspect corrosion on your metal roof in Palm Beach and Broward County, reach out to Tim Graboski Roofing to receive a free quote at (561) 276-8252.
Oil canning is defined, by the Metal Construction Association, as “visible waviness in the flat areas of metal roofing and metal wall panels.” Oil canning can occur in any form of metal roofing, regardless of the type of metal. Oil canning can be thought of as the metal becoming overstressed, leading it to be unable to hold a flat form. When oil canning occurs, it can’t be easily repaired. In most cases, a professional roofing company will recommend replacing the oil canned roof entirely, or changing out individual panels of the roof. To avoid an oil canning roof, hire an experienced and certified roofing professional like Tim Graboski Roofing to install your metal roof.
Like any other type of roofing material, metal roofing is prone to leaking as time passes. Leaking metal roofs in Florida can be the cause of natural events, like heavy rain, wind, or structural damage. But, in some cases, there are also situations in which metal roof leaking is the result of an error during the installation process. Failed fasteners, like screws that are too tight or too loose, can lead to metal roof leaking. Sealant or butyl tape that has been damaged applied incorrectly, or is missing entirely can also compromise a metal roof. Leaking in a metal roof is easy to repair, so those experiencing a metal roof leak in Palm Beach or Broward County can reach out to Tim Graboski Roofing at (561) 276-8252 to receive a free quote.
Suspect that your metal roof has been damaged? It’s best to contact a professional roofing company to ensure the integrity of your home’s roof. Give Tim Graboski Roofing a call at (561) 276-8252 or visit online at GraboskiRoofing.com to receive a free roofing quote today.