Does Your Metal Roof Need Replacing or Can It Be Repaired?

Many people are deciding to replace their existing roof with a metal roof, as they realize there are numerous advantages when doing so. However, people often don’t recognize when the metal roof needs to be replaced. Fortunately, there are signs a homeowner can look for to determine whether a repair will suffice or if a replacement roof is required.

Major Leaks

Metal roofs are fastened with hardware, such as bolts and screws. With time, these fasteners become loose and a few may come out completely. When this happens, the roof may develop a large leak. There are situations where the leak can be fixed. However, it is often more cost-efficient to replace the roof than it is to fix a major leak. A professional roofer needs to examine the leak and the overall condition of the roof to make this determination.


As a metal roof ages, it tends to deteriorate. The metal may degrade as a result of extreme weather and excessive rust contributes to this problem, especially when it hasn’t been treated. When these problem areas aren’t addressed immediately, major leaks may develop. Any sign of deterioration needs to be further inspected to determine if the time has come to have a new roof installed.


A little rust is not unusual on a metal roof. Nevertheless, excessive rust is a sign the roof needs to be replaced. Not only is it unsightly, but it can also lead to other issues. In areas where the roof is rusted, leaks may develop. A roofer looks at the size of the rust patch and decides whether to repair the area or replace it. In certain situations, rust treatment will be enough to suffice.

If you notice any of these problems with your metal roof, call in the professionals. They do a thorough examination of the problem area and the roof as a whole to determine if repairs will be enough to halt any existing problems, when the roof needs to be replaced, and which option is most cost-effective for the homeowner. Only then can the homeowner make an informed decision as to which option is right for them. Don’t hesitate to ask questions to learn more, as it is your property and you need to make the decision that is right for you.