Big Mistakes To Avoid When Replacing Hail Damaged Metal Roofing

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Metal roofing is quite the popular choice among homeowners because it has such a lengthy lifespan and requires little maintenance. However, if there is one thing that can really affect your metal roof, it is a hailstorm. Hail stones beating down from the sky with fierce velocity is bound to leave sections of your roof looking more like hammered tin, and this is definitely going to need some attention once the storm passes. Before you take on the task of making repairs to your hail damaged metal roof on your own, you should know that there are some pretty big mistakes you should work to avoid. 

Mistake: Assuming removing a single panel of metal roofing will be easy. 

Why? It is not at all uncommon for just one or two panels of your metal roofing to be damaged during a hailstorm. Therefore, it is easy to assume that you will just head up on the roof and remove the damaged panels. However, removing a single panel of metal roofing is often not as easy as it looks. A lot of metal roofing is installed in an interlocking fashion, which means in order to get to one panel specifically, you may actually have to remove several surrounding roofing panels first. 

Mistake: Trying to pop dents from hail damage back into place. 

Why? You may spot a few dents in your metal roof and assume that you can just grab a rubber mallet, pull off the panel of roofing, and pop the dents back into place. However, this rarely ever works out as planned. Reversing the damage on a metal roof by knocking dents back in place will usually just create more dents and damage. If the dents are not too severe, you may be able to take the panel of roofing to a local metal fabricator too have it repressed. 

Mistake: Selecting metal roofing for replacement that is the incorrect thickness. 

Why? You may not see it from the ground or even realize it when you stop in at a metal roofing supply company for the first time, but metal roofing is far from all the same thickness. Thickness of metal roofing can vary according to price and manufacturer. Before you buy a panel of metal roofing to replace a damaged section of your roof, you should know the thickness of what you already have. Choosing a piece of metal that is thicker or thinner will give your roof an uneven appearance. 

For more information, contact local professionals like Peacock Roofing.