How to Find Leaks in Metal Roofs

Roof leaks can cause structural damages if not addressed promptly. Postponing repairs can lead to more problems and costly repairs. In this blog post, you will learn how to examine the vulnerable areas of your metal roof and how to detect leaks. Read on.

Possible Causes Of Metal Roof Leaks

  • Rust and corrosion
  • Visible holes or crimping in the roof
  • Gaps between the metal and the washer
  • Issues with the fasteners
How to Find Leaks in Metal Roofs

Finding Leaks In a Metal Roof

There are three main areas you need to check to detect leaks in residential metal roofs.

1. Body of the roof

You can find leaks in this area through visual inspection. Here are the possible indicators to find leaks in the body of a metal roof:

  • Rust or corrosion damage
  • Misaligned or missing roofing panels
  • Visible holes
  • Missing or loose screws

2. Transition Points

Be sure to check the valleys of your roof and pay attention to these warning signs:

  • Missing sealants
  • Gaps between the transition points

3. Roof Penetrations

Roof penetrations usually include vents, skylights, chimneys, solar systems and other mechanical roof support. Pay attention to these signs when looking for leaks on metal roof penetrations:

  • Decaying sealants
  • Gaps in trims

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