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Have you ever wondered, looking at your metal roof, if it were time to replace it? Has someone suggested replacing the metal roof? Here’s a helpful tip for knowing when the right time is to replace a metal roof: it’s when the signs warrant that it’s time for a replacement.
Remember that there are two kinds of metal roofing systems: standing seam metal roof and screw-down panel (exposed fastener). With the standing seam metal roof system, the panels are locked at the seams and are able to contract and expand as they need when the metal is exposed to heat. With a screw-down panel, the panels are kept secure with screws and washers through the metal’s facing. The drawback is the lack of contracting, as it cannot handle it.
Now, what are the four key signs to watch out for with these two metal roofing systems?
The majority of steel panel manufacturers use a painted finish process known as Kynas 500 for their steel panels. This finish is designed to protect the metal panels from the harsh elements and maintain the color you chose (to ensure it doesn’t fade. However, the Kynar 500 usually comes with a 30-year paint warranty, and once that 30-year mark comes up, it’s time to set aside money to replace the roof.
Does this mean your finish is gone at the 30-year mark? No. However, if you start seeing color fades or rust, it’s time to consider replacing your standing seam metal roof.
The Kynar 500 painted finish is designed to protect the metal panels from being damaged by the elements, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be damaged, scratched or dented by hail damage, limbs, workers on the roof, chemical spills, etc. – all of which can lead to a shorter lifespan. If the metal panel’s Kynar 500 finish has been damaged in any way, it’s crucial to replace the roof quickly.
Screw-down metal roofs have fasteners that are exposed at the top of panels, and because they can’t contract and expand, they become wallowed out until the fasteners are too big for the screws to keep the metal panels in place. If taken care of right away, larger-sized screws can be installed, and your metal roof can last longer. Waiting means the roof becomes susceptible to wind and rain damage, and a roof replacement will be necessary.
Storm damage due to wind, hail and heavy rain is the most common sign of possible roof repairs or replacements. For instance, if the roof had a large tree limb or full-size tree fall on it, you will need to replace your metal panels. If the metal panels have scratches or dents, replace them before any water can get inside. Be sure to talk with your insurance company first to find out if they will cover roof replacement due to storm damage (most insurance companies will).
Once you realize your metal roof needs a replacement, it’s time to call in the experts. In San Diego, the experts in this field is Gen819 Roofing & Solar. Where other companies fail to give you an accurate cost on roof replacement, the experts at Gen819 make sure you know what to expect in price. Best of all, the technicians are highly experienced and will ensure that your new roof lasts for several decades.
Since 2008, the Gen819 Roofing & Solar team has been tirelessly working to give San Diego County and Vista residents the roofs they need to withstand time and elements. They take their work seriously and will make sure to conduct a thorough check of your roof when you need it inspected and maintained. When it comes to roof maintenance, you don’t want to trust just any company or contractor. Hire the best, and you’ll get the best!
Gen819 Roofing & Solar is the company to call when you are in need of a reliable metal roofing contractor in Vista and the San Diego area. Whatever type of roof you want, we can deliver it to perfection. Call us now at (760) 420 0166. You will be glad you did!
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