How to Repair a Hole in Your Metal Roof

How to Repair a Hole in Your Metal Roof

A metal roof has an excellent life expectancy. However, they will still require maintenance and occasional repair. When done correctly, a repair job can potentially outlive the rest of the roof. If you are in need of metal roof repair, the following is our recommended process.

How To Repair A Hole In Your Metal Roof

Clean the Repair Area: Your first step should be to clean the area around the hole. The hole can be caused by anything from rust and deterioration or something that has fallen onto the surface. Clean the surface of the roof using a simple cleaner, removing any dirt, film, and algae that have grown. Then scrub the surface where the repair will take place with a wire brush to scruff it, which will help the sealant fuse to the metal.

Measure the Repair Area: Measure the area that will be repaired and cut a sheet of metal to the corresponding size. The patch should overlap the metal panel on your roof by at least two inches past the edge of the damage. Be sure to round the corners of the metal patch to prevent sharp corners from catching snow or ice.

Install the Patch: Apply the sealant to the surface of the panel being repaired. Be sure to apply liberally to ensure there are no gaps at the edge of the patch. Then press your metal patch into place, ensuring that the sealant squeezes out from all around the patch. Any areas where you do not see sealant could allow moisture underneath, causing additional deterioration.

Secure the Patch: Once you have pressed it into place, use sheet metal screws to attach the patch to the metal panel. You should be placing these screws within one inch of the leading edge, so the correct amount of pressure is applied.

If you need assistance with patching your metal roof, EZ Home Solutions LLC offers exceptional roof repair in Ramsey County, MN. Contact our company today at (952) 544-7663 to schedule a free home inspection.