roofer builder worker with pulverizer spraying paint on metal sheet roof

How Long Should Metal Roof Paint Last?

Metal roof coatings and metal roofs are an option that has increased dramatically in popularity over the last few years. This probably has to do with the fact that this is among the best of the roofing solutions currently available that is constantly focused on durability and sustainability. These roofing systems are much cheaper to manufacture, engineer, and install when compared to the traditional roofs. 

The cool metal roofs also reduce solar-heat gain, annually lowering cooling costs, while the resilience of these metal materials offers a favourable way to maintain the advantages that a metal roof can offer you through its life-span, which includes significant cost savings. 

How to Maintain Your Metal Roof

In the majority of cases, the correct surface preparation along with applying the correct coating is usually all that is needed to ensure the metal roof remains in a condition that is easy to maintain. A re-coating of these roofs should be followed up every 2 to 4 years to ensure the roof remains in optimal condition and to extend the overall life-span of the roof. Now if you would like to know more about why it is important to carry on re-painting your metal roof, below are some valuable tips from our painters. 

Your roof is what protects your home against outdoor elements. If you are not keeping up with regular maintenance, you are leaving your house vulnerable to the elements such as wind, extreme heat, rain, violent storms, and hail. When you apply the right product to your roof every 2 to 4 years, which in this case would be an oil-based or acrylic coating, or an elastomeric system every 5 to 10 years, your roof will remain in good condition, while continuing to protect your home from inclement weather which would otherwise result in your structures deteriorating in a number of different ways. 

Another option to Maintain Your Roof – Recoating

Re-coating also costs a lot less than having to replace your metal roof. At some stage, your roof will not be able to take another layer of coating and it will then need replacing, but until this stage, re-coating can offer you a number of years of additional service. 

A well-maintained roof increases the resale value of your home. It is obvious that buyers are more interested in homes that are well-maintained. A metal roof that is re-coated on a regular basis is a significant selling point, regardless of who the buyer may be.

Energy Savings – Metal roofs have the ability to save up to 50% on your energy bills for a home. Today, there are various coating systems for metal roofs that are designed to reflect solar heat away from your home, which helps to keep your home much cooler over the summer months. Metal is also a 100% recyclable material. This will mean that old roofs do not land up in the landfills. 

When you have your roof inspected and then repainted by professional and experienced painting contractors, you will know what type of condition your roof is in, and ensure that the roof remains in the best condition for many years to come. 

If you’ve got a metal roof or are interested in getting your old roof re-painted, contact Mr. Highlights Roofing today!

modern roof in graphite colour

How to Repair a Roof Leak?

If you notice your home has water stains running down the walls or extending across the ceiling, it could be a sign that the roof is leaking.

The hard part of this process is tracking them down, repairing the roof  is easy. Below are some tricks that will help you in finding and repairing the most common types of roof leaks.

How to Find a Leak From Inside Your Home

When tracking down a leak, the attic is the first place to get started. While starting from the inside of your house can seem counter-intuitive, the lack of tile roof can make it easier for you to spot the problem. Examine the underside of your roof using a flashlight. Look out for signs of light coming through the plywood, which will be proof of holes. If you notice some underside areas being darker than others, then it could be a sign. If there is an area that has black mould, this could be where the roof is leaking from. Moulds thrive on moisture.

How to Find a Leak on The Rooftop

The most common cause of leaks in homes is anything projecting through the roofing chimney vents and plumbing, skylight, exhaust flues, and dormer are some of the common culprits. The flashing and seals around them can start weakening with time, which makes the loose and allows rain and snow to get inside. Some of the other causes of roof leaks are holes, missing or ageing shingles, clogged gutters or crumbling chimneys.

Examining Roof Flashing

Flashing is the thin strip of metal used in joints to prevent any snow or water from seeping in and causing damage. The flashing varies and will depend on the type and style of the roof of your home, but some of the areas that have it include skylights, chimneys, dormer windows, and pipes. Flashing is usually installed where the roof meets the wall or the valleys of the roofing.

It needs to be installed when roofing the house and should be properly sealed. The metal is going to develop cracks, come loose, and get damaged as a result of the weather.

How to Find a Leak through Holes

Even tiny holes can result in a leak. It is obvious to see holes resulting from weather damage, but holes are often a result of roofing nails that have been misplaced or mounting brackets for satellite or antenna. When you find a hole, mark it then see if there are any other holes in your roofing. You will have an easier time patching the roof.

Annual roof inspection during the spring or summer. Regularly reseal around chimney and plumbing pipes, vents, or anything installed on the roof such as a satellite dish. Check the chimney mortar and flashings too from time to time.

When you use the above tips, you are going to reduce the risk of having a leaky roof while making your roof last longer.

If you’re still not confident about repairing a roof leak, contact Mr Highlights Roofing today and we will help you in a jiffy!

two workers on roof at works with metal tile and roofing iron

4 Warning Signs Your Roof Needs Restoration or Replacement

The roof is one of the most important components of a house. It protects you, your loved ones and your possessions from the elements. However, for it to remain functional, it calls for regular maintenance checks. Roofs also age and depending on the age and type, there will come a time where you’ll need to restore or replace it. Failure to do so only leads to further loss of its structural integrity. 

But how do you tell whether the damage a roof has sustained is serious and it is time to call in the professionals? Well, the signs discussed below will come in handy in letting you know whether it’s time to get a roof restoration or replacement. 

Paintwork Degradation

Every homeowner knows the importance of regular maintenance when it comes to having a functional roof. However, if you notice the paintwork peeling, be it on the inside or outside the roof’s exterior, then your roof is not in its best condition. 

Damaged paintwork or flaking is not only unappealing but hinders the roof from protecting your house from the elements. This ultimately leads to expensive roof repairs or even being forced to install a new one. 

Making sure that your roof is in the best condition will provide better protection, prolong its life and also add value to your property. 

Cracks and Holes in  Roof Tiles

Replacing cracked or broken roof tiles is imperative to ascertain the ongoing protection of your house from the elements. It only takes one damaged tile for water to start seeping into your house, which can then take a toll on your insulation and the blistering and staining of the ceiling. 

Damaged roof tiles can ideally lead to mould growth, which takes just a day in moist and damp conditions. Mould likes to grow in wet areas like walls, carpets and insulation that has been exposed to water or moisture. The spores grow and spread rapidly, giving off a bad odour and a trail of stains. Wood can ideally rot when it’s exposed to water for an extended period, leaving your roof structurally unsound. Not only that, but your home might soon become infested with termites. 

Water Damage

Signs of moisture inside your roof is a sign that the roof has been compromised. So, ensure you regularly check for leaking trails and dark spots as they indicate roof damage.

Structurally sound and well-protected houses ideally do not grow mould and rot, and so, if you start to see this on your ceilings and interior walls, it could be a sign of roof damage. 

Corrosion is another indicator of a roof that could be leaking, so ensure you are on the lookout for that. 

Damaged Elements

To avoid roof restoration or replacement, there are several elements that you should focus on as part of your roof maintenance routine. These include checking the downpipes and gutters for signs of damage, roof valleys, loose or worn material around vents, chimneys, pipes and other spots where the roof might have been penetrated.
If you’re still unsure about the state of your roof, contact Mr Highlights Roofing today and we will assess it for you!