When’s the right time to Replace Your Metal Roof?

roofer on top of roof replacing metal sheets

Your metal roofs have a lifespan of 50 years and above, which is a really long time. However, a time comes when your metal roof might need replacement. But how would you know when the time is right? Many times, you can’t tell just by looking, and you might also be unable to tell its age by sight.

Thankfully, there are some signs or flags to look out for when considering replacing your roof. If you notice one or more of these signs, then it is about time to make the change.

1. Sagging and Dips on the roof

When your metal roof is constantly exposed to heat, Over time, it can negatively affect your metal panels and make them sag. More exposure to the elements will continue to wear out your roof and make it more prone to pooling when it rains. This pooling will lead to corrosion and rust, which can bring about the end of your roof’s life.

So, once you notice that your roof is collecting water on one or more spots, reach out to a professional to observe it.

2. Discoloration

Your metal roof is prone to discoloration as it ages. You’ll also begin to see large rust particles, which are a sign of deteriorating protective coating on your metal roof. In no time, you’ll begin to see cracks, water damage, and leaks.

It’s in your best interest to call a professional once you notice discoloration and rust on your roof. Both signs are most likely indicators that you need to replace your metal roof. Although you can get away with reapplying protective painting if you notice rust on your roof, it will only last for a short while as it is a temporary fix. Over time, the metal will leak and crack.

3. Leaks

A leak is a sign that your metal roof needs immediate attention, whether the leak is large or small. Call an experienced roofer to observe it and take the right action. If you don’t handle such a leak quickly, your roof would undergo water damage and its structural support will begin to rot. While you can repair a leak and still use the roof for a few more years, the age of your metal roof will determine whether or not you should change it immediately.

4. Age

Metal roofs are loved for their extensive lifespans. However, whether or not it has been nearly 50 years since the roof was installed, you consider the age of your metal roof after a while. It is also important to note that the particular type of metal used in producing your roofing system will determine the amount of time it lasts.

So, how long does a Metal Roof really Last?

It is a rule of thumb that your metal roof will last between 40 to 70 years once you install it, provided it doesn’t suffer any great damage while it is covering your home during that period.

As we said before, the type of metal roofing might affect the lifespan, so pay attention to the guide below to help you know what to expect from your metal roofing.

  • Aluminum roofing 

Aluminum roofing has an average lifespan of about 50 years before it would need replacement. You have their corrosion resistance to thank for the long lifespan. Even though they are lighter than steel roofs, they last longer.

  • Steel roofing

Steel roofing gives you an average of 40 years when installed on your home. Although this lifespan is shorter than other metal types, it still lasts longer than asphalt shingles and other non-metal roofing materials that last for about 20 years before needing to be replaced.

  • Copper and zinc roofing

We group copper and zinc because they are known to have the highest lifespans amongst metal roofing systems, as they both have a maximum lifespan of 100 years.

However, while copper has an average minimum lifespan of 50 years, zinc has an average minimum lifespan of 60 years.

A Professional Installation Contributes to lifespan

Amongst other factors, getting a professional roofing installation can contribute to the lifespan of your roof. With professional roofing services, quality roofing materials, and a trusted warranty, you can invest in a metal roof and know that you will get above your money’s worth.

When you work with professional roofers, you can leverage the tips they have gained from roof installations over time. They will know what measures to take to ensure that your metal roof remains in the best condition for the longest time.

Call us today for your professional roof installation. We will assess your existing roof and get you started on your plan to get a new metal roofing system.

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