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There are a few simple steps involved in maintaining a metal roofing system that will prolong its service life and reduce the need for repairs from a Dallas roofing professional. Metal roofs are easy to maintain, and most repairs can be done without the use of any complex machinery or specialized tools.

First, one of the biggest threats to a metal roof's integrity is rust. While the surface of the metal is typically coated with a primer and a top coat to prevent rust from forming, there are still exposed edges of metal at the attaching points. The best way to prevent rust from getting out of control is to do an inspection of all of the nails to ensure that water is not getting between the nail head and the sheet metal. If loose nails are found, remove and replace them with new nails. Check the holes for corrosion as you go. If there is evidence of rust forming, remove it with steel wool, then repaint the area with a primer and top coat to prevent any further damage to the area.

Inspect areas where there are flashing and edges to ensure that the roof material is secured down properly. If there is evidence that water can get between the sheet metal and the flashing, a sealant should be applied to the area.

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There are several sealant products on the market such as urethane roofing cement, plastic roofing cement and tar. Tar is most commonly used with asphalt shingles and is less common on metal roofs. Plastic and urethane roofing cement can both be used on metal roofs, but urethane typically holds up better in the ultraviolet rays from the sun. Roofing cement is applied using a putty knife, spread evenly over the area and left to dry. All of these products are subject to wearing down over time and will need to be re-inspected and sealed as they break down. An even simpler option is to use a self-sticking waterproof membrane that comes on a roll. This is an easy option that requires no tools, and it is relatively inexpensive.

Metal roofs are very durable and have an extremely long lifespan if they are properly cared for. The good news is that most metal roofing maintenance is easy enough for anyone to do on their own without hiring a professional. The most important step is to keep an eye out for signs of rust and take the necessary steps to ensure that it doesn't begin in the first place.

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