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What to Do if Screws in Metal Roof Came Loose

Screws on Meta Roof

If you notice that screws have become loose in your commercial metal roof, it is important to take action immediately. Loose screws can cause major damage if left unchecked. Immediately contact a professional contractor to diagnose the issue and help repair any problems with the screws or panels of your metal roof.

Reasons Metal Screws Come Loose

When a metal roof is installed, correctly applied screws are essential for the stability of the entire structure. If these screws become loose, it can lead to a variety of issues. The screws in a metal roof can become loose for a number of reasons, including:

Thermal Expansion/Contraction: As the temperature changes, metal expands and contracts. This can cause screws in a metal roof to become loose over time.

Poor Installation: If the screws were improperly installed, it could lead to them becoming loose quicker than normal.

Weather Damage: Severe weather conditions such as high winds and storms can place a lot of stress on screw fasteners, leading to loosening over time.

Deterioration or Corrosion: Poorly treated or aged materials are prone to corrosion which weakens the integrity of the screws in your metal roof.

Gasket Deterioration: If the rubber gaskets in your metal roof are not replaced, they can deteriorate over time and cause screws to become loose.

Compression due to Loading: If too much weight is placed on the roof, it can cause screws to become loose. Instances of heavy snowfall or ice can cause the roof material to sink, exposing the screws. Once it melts and the weight is lifted, the material will spring back, which can strain the screws and cause them to loosen.

How Do I Repair Loose Screws?

Replacing these loose screws with caulk is the first alternative to remedy this issue, but the best way to repair loose screws is to contact a professional commercial roofing contractor. They will inspect the roof for any damaged metal components or other parts of your roof and can also advise you on the best approach for repairing the loose screws. It’s important to choose a reputable contractor who has experience in metal roofing and understands how to properly install and maintain such roofs.

When hiring a contractor, be sure to ask about their knowledge of metal roofing and specifically what type of material they plan to use for the repair job. If possible, get references from previous customers so you can verify the quality of their work. Additionally, make sure that the contractor is licensed and insured in your state before beginning any repairs on your commercial property.

Common Reasons for Leaks in Metal Roofs

Leakage in metal roofs generally occurs when there are gaps between two adjacent panels or when proper sealing techniques have not been used during installation. Poorly installed flashing can also cause water intrusion by providing pathways through which water can penetrate into underlying layers of material. In addition, condensation may form within enclosed spaces caused by changes in temperature, which then leads to moisture buildup that creates leaks over time.

Lastly, poor maintenance practices, such as leaving debris on the roof, can contribute to leaks by blocking drainage channels which prevents water runoff from exiting properly.

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At ACR1 Commercial Roofing, our team can repair or replace your metal roof to ensure your commercial property is adequately protected from leaks and other common problems. Contact us today to learn more.

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