Unfortunately, it is during the rainy season that leaks in a roof are discovered, and it is highly advised as soon as leaks are noticed that a professional roofing contractor is called in to make repairs. The reasons are obvious – water damage can cost far more than minor roof repairs, even if it is an emergency call to a roofer. Reluctant home owners might assume that roof repairs during rainy weather is not possible, but is it?
Professional Roofing Contractor Can Do Emergency Roof Repairs in Rainy Weather
An important question property owners have when they discover a leak during heavy rains is obvious, is it possible to make metal roof repairs in rainy weather? The answer is yes, although, it is not recommended to re-roof sections of a metal roof in the rain, but emergency repairs can be made in rainy weather to prevent serious water damage from occurring.
When you call on a professional roofing contractor in an emergency, to stop a roof from leaking, they will make emergency temporary repairs, until a time after the rain subsides, and then repair your metal roof properly. Hiring a professional roofing contractor that has a lot of experience is highly advised. For those who may hesitate to pick up the phone and call for an emergency roof repair must understand that serious water damage can be “very” costly, much, much more than the rates a professional metal roofing contractor will charge for an emergency service call.
With that said, there are some examples of the kind of serious damage you can avoid when calling a metal roofing contractor in an emergency, to make temporary repairs during rainy weather. Allowing water to freely flow into your home can cause costly damage to carpeting and wood flooring, which can be very costly to have specialists to come in later to remove the trapped moisture under your flooring, not to mention possibly having to replace carpeting because of water damage or the development of mould and mildew.
Mould and mildew are the most common problems resulting from a leaking roof, and these can develop and grow in-between walls that become drenched as rainwater flows down them from a leak in the roof. Basically, the more water that is allowed to enter your home from a leaks in your roof just adds up to the repair and cleaning costs incurred later.
You will find metal roofing on all types of industrial, commercial, and residential buildings in New Zealand, that’s because metal roofing is an ideal choice for property owners, for a number of reasons. Ease of installation, energy efficiency, hardy, and a wide choice of colour aesthetics are good reasons to have a metal roof installed, although, eventually repairs are needed as nothing lasts forever, including high-quality metal roofing sheets.
Just like other roofing materials, metal roof sheets need to be maintained to get the most out of them. Regular maintenance and inspection of a metal roof can increase its longevity and lower repair costs as years pass. But, there may come a time when steel roof damage is discovered, and at that time, determining when to repair and when to re-roof needs to made.
Why Determining when to Repair and when to Re-roof is Important
Although steel roof sheets are better than shingles as roofing material, these do eventually wear with age and need to be repaired or replaced, if they are worn or damage enough. Determining whether repairs are needed or re-roofing is necessary should be suggested first by a professional steel roofing company, but ultimately, it is the property owner’s final decision.
While repairing a metal roof is usually much cheaper than re-roofing as an option, it is only a temporary solution in many cases. Metal roofing sheets can last decades if maintained regularly and when repairs are made as soon as damage is discovered. However, when rust and corrosion take root, re-roofing is usually advised because it will save money when compared to constantly needing to make roof repairs as a temporary solution, especially when holes begin to form.
Patching Holes or Re-roofing?
When holes begin to appear it is usually because corrosion and rust have developed on the metal sheets, either as a result of damage or as years pass from wear. When this happens, patching holes can stop leaking, temporarily, but the underlining problem, corrosion and rust, remain. Having your steel roof inspected is the only way to know the health of your roof and whether only sections need to be repaired, patched, or replaced, or, whether re-roofing is the best solution.
Sometimes, just a section of a roof can be replaced, rather than re-roofing the whole roof, but a steel roof professional will be able to recommend what is the best solution.
If you want to know the health of your metal roof, you can at no charge from Johnson Roofing – steel metal roofing professionals serving residential and commercial properties for the whole Auckland region.