Step outside of your house and look up and onto your roof. If you have a steel roof then you’ll likely see that your material comes together at certain angles. Sometimes the way two sections of your roof meets can end up creating a peak or a valley. In these areas, which are considered problem areas for leakage and potential water damage, roof flashing is installed to inhibit problems. Roof flashing is another addition to your roof that can help prolong the life of your home. However, even the best roof flashing isn’t perfect and imperfect flashing can lead to a host of problems down the line. Today, we are going to talk a little bit about steel roof flashing and the consequences that can come from letting the material get rusty and loose.
Rusty & Loose Steel Roof Flashing – Problems and Consequences
Your roof is probably the most underrated part of your entire home, even if you have a quality steel metal roof installed. Steel metal roofing can help to greatly prolong the life of your home while providing a variety of other benefits. Despite the high-quality steel that is commonly used in roofing, certain areas can become more problematic than others over time. This is where our roof flashing comes into play. Roof flashing is separated into a variety of different categories, such as your chimney base flashing or where two segments of your roof come together. No matter what part of the flashing we are talking about, we need to make sure that it is always properly maintained. What can happen when your roof flashing starts to come loose or rust?
1) Leakage – Roof flashing is installed in order to prevent the build-up of moisture in areas where water accumulation is otherwise inevitable. When roof flashing starts to corrode or come loose, the leakage can find its way into your home.
2) Roof Failure – Failed roof flashing can lead to a loss of structural integrity in the rest of your roof. When an important part of your roof flashing fails, everything around it can start to fall apart.
3) Safety Risks – A damaged and rusted roof flashing is dangerous because it has the risks of literally falling which may injure anyone on its path. Likewise, if it rips apart, it will cause even more damage to your entire roof.
Don’t make it a habit to ignore these important aspects of your roof. While steel roofing is known for being incredibly sound from a structural standpoint, problems can still arise. Make sure to make routine inspections of your roof, including the various flashing points, and catalogue any potential problems. Being proactive allows you to ward off larger problems and that, in turn, is going to make your life much happier as a result.
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Large corrugated steel sheds offer New Zealand farmers many agricultural benefits throughout the year. Use of steel construction for a farming shed supports larger bay sizes and larger clearspans of up to 30 metres. Sturdy, durable steel sheds will not sag, twist or split after several years of use. Also, inside a corrugated steel shed, the galvanised steel reflects light much better than timber shed constructions. Since steel is cut to length, there is very little wasting of construction material for steel sheds. Steel is also completely recyclable, so by choosing to have sheds made of steel on their farm property, farmers are supporting today’s local and global green living movement.
Agricultural production on farms requires use of multiple types of shed constructions today. These different shed designs include hay sheds, calf sheds, machinery sheds, and feed storage sheds. All of these shed designs must be strong and durable for steady use, and they must be sturdy enough to withstand harsh weather conditions. The high tensile steel framing used to build these structures provides optimal strength for long-term use. Rugged galvanised steel offers a usage lifespan of 50 years or more. Shed roofs are usually made of 0.4 guage New Zealand steel that is either 5-rib profile or corrugated. Cladding is most often zincalume or COLORSTEEL®, sold with a 15-year guarantee. Bolts, nuts, nails, bracing and other connective hardware are made of galvanised steel or stainless steel.
Additional Agricultural Benefits of Large Corrugated Steel Shed Use by Farmers Today
Other benefits and advantages of large corrugated steel shed use by farmers today include the following:
• Steel Sheds Packaged in Kitsets. – Farmers who are savvy about shed construction or have installation experts close at hand to assist them often order these sturdy sheds as kitsets to be shipped to their farms for construction from the packaged kit. Steel offers convenient, compact packing, which makes shipping these kits much easier and faster than delivery of kitsets made of timbre. Steel is also safer to transport than many types of timbre since steel always maintains its structural integrity. Timbre may bend, warp or dent if stacked among other heavy or unevenly weighted cargo.
• Colour Options for Steel Sheds. – Steel sheds, whether they are ordered as kitsets, bought as standard products or customised, are available today in a wide array of colour choices. Although some people may wonder why coloured steel sheds could have any significance or purpose, especially when placed in areas of farming land that are seldom visited by anyone except the farming personnel and animals, different coloured sheds can be helpful to farmers. Some farm owners like to use sheds of different colours for different storage purposes. For example, having animal feed storage sheds made of brick red steel will distinguish them, even at a distance, from equipment sheds constructed of sky blue steel.
• Steel Sheds with Rolling Doors, Windows and Skylights. – Today’s steel sheds can be designed to include such amenities as rolling doors for convenient and easy access to their contents by farming personnel. These structures may also have windows for admitting natural light and for cross-ventilation when opened during good weather conditions. Some sheds even offer expansive skylights for additional natural lighting and enhanced airflow during clear weather. These design features enable farmers and their workers to view shed contents more easily and quickly. They also improve the air quality inside each steel shed, both for farm personnel while inside these structures and for the contents being stored in the sheds.
To learn more about the many agricultural benefits of large corrugated steel sheds for use in farming today, contact the experts at Johnson Roofing Ltd., offering services to Auckland and all surrounding areas, from Orewa to Manukau. This fine team of roofing and construction professionals can offer excellent information and advice concerning steel shed constructions, guiding you toward making the ideal choice of sheds for your own agricultural needs.