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 damaged metal roof flashing

At Canberra Roofers, we understand the importance of a well-maintained and durable roof. Metal roofing is a popular choice for its durability and weather resistance. However, like any roofing system, metal roofs can experience problems, especially with the flashing. In this article, we will explore common issues with metal roof flashings, provide DIY troubleshooting techniques, offer preventive maintenance tips, and highlight the expertise of Canberra Roofers in resolving metal roof flashing problems.

Common Problems with Metal Roof Flashings

Metal roof flashings can develop various issues over time, compromising the integrity of the roofing system. Some common problems include corrosion, fading, mismatched materials, leaks, and scratches/damage. Corrosion can occur due to incomplete underside coating, exposed cut edges, high levels of saltwater, or mismatched materials. Fading can be caused by water, chemicals, air pollution, or UV light. Mismatched materials can lead to corrosion and degradation. Leaks can result from heavy rain, strong winds, snow, ice damming, structural damage, failed flashing/seams/fasteners, or damaged/incorrectly fixed sealant. Scratches and damage can occur during installation or transportation.

DIY Troubleshooting Techniques

While some metal roof flashing problems require professional assistance, homeowners can troubleshoot minor issues themselves. Here are some DIY techniques to try:

  • Inspect the flashing for signs of corrosion, fading, or damage.
  • Clean the flashing using a mild detergent and a soft brush.
  • Apply a metal roof coating or sealant to prevent further corrosion or fading.
  • Check for loose or damaged fasteners and tighten or replace them as needed.
  • Repair small scratches or damage using touch-up paint or a colour-match touch-up pen.

Remember to prioritise safety when working on your roof. Use proper protective gear and exercise caution when climbing ladders or walking on the roof.

When to Seek Professional Assistance

While DIY troubleshooting can address minor issues, some metal roof flashing problems require professional expertise. It is advisable to seek professional assistance in the following situations:

  • Severe corrosion or extensive damage to the flashing.
  • Persistent leaks that cannot be resolved through DIY techniques.
  • Mismatched materials that are causing corrosion or degradation.
  • Structural damage to the roof due to severe weather conditions.
  • Inadequate installation of flashing, seams, or fasteners.

Professional roofers have the knowledge, experience, and tools to diagnose and resolve complex metal roof flashing problems effectively.

Preventive Maintenance Tips

Regular maintenance is crucial to prevent common metal roof flashing problems. Here are some preventive maintenance tips:

  • Schedule annual roof inspections by professionals to identify and address any flashing issues.
  • Clean debris, leaves, and dirt from the roof regularly to prevent clogging of drains and gutters.
  • Trim overhanging branches to prevent damage from falling branches or rubbing against the roof.
  • Clear snow and ice buildup to prevent ice dams and potential damage to the flashing.
  • Monitor the condition of the flashing and look for signs of corrosion, fading, or damage.

By following these preventive maintenance practices, homeowners can extend the lifespan of their metal roofs and minimise the risk of flashing problems.

Canberra Roofers’ Expertise

At Canberra Roofers, we have extensive knowledge and experience in diagnosing and resolving metal roof flashing problems. Our team of roofing experts is trained to identify and address various issues, ensuring a durable and watertight roofing system. 

Whether it’s corrosion, leaks, fading, or mismatched materials, we have the expertise to provide effective solutions. Don’t hesitate to contact Canberra Roofers for your roof repair and metal roofing needs.