Installing an aluminum roof is a great way to make your house look good and increase the value. In addition to increasing your home’s value, aluminum roofing also has many other positive properties that you can read about in our previous blog posts.
But we know that aluminum roofing, although it is a great choice, can still have problems like other roofing materials. With that being said, there are some potential problems with aluminum that you need to be aware of before installing. In this blog post, we will discuss those problems so that you can avoid them, or at least have a plan in place if they arise after installation. Here are some of the common aluminum roofing problems that you may face as well as ways to combat them.
Aluminum roofing problems
One of the aluminum roofing problems that you may face is potential leaking. In general, aluminum shingles are installed with an overlap on each row to create a seal at the seams. However, this can still leak because of air trapped between the panels or if there isn’t enough adhesive used in certain areas of installation. One way to combat this leaking would be to constantly inspect your aluminum roofing. It is important to inspect your aluminum roof at least once a year, preferably as the seasons are changing from spring to summer due to the amount of precipitation that comes down during the winter and spring.
Another aluminum roofing problem is scuffing and scratching. Aluminum roofs are prone to this due to the metal’s high reflectivity, which causes a lot of glare on your roof from sunlight. This will cause scratches on the surface over time that can lead to leaks if not addressed fast enough. Scratches typically occur from objects such as tree branches, animals, and even from people walking on the roof.
If you are looking to protect your aluminum roofing, it is best to use a protective coating that will cover all of the surface areas of your aluminum so there is no chance for scratches or scuffs occurring due to outside forces. No matter what, there is a pretty high chance that you will experience scuffing or scratching on your aluminum roof during its lifetime. It is important to inspect these scratches and take action before it is too late.
As with any type of metal roof, you should be aware of corrosion on your aluminum roof. Corrosion can happen for a variety of reasons such as when the aluminum is exposed to high heat and reacts with salt or dew, which will cause expansion and contraction that can lead to cracks on your roofing system. Polluted water can also cause your roof to corrode, so it is best to make sure your aluminum roofing is covered in water-resistant paint. If you are experiencing problems with this issue it’s best to call an aluminum roofing specialist as soon as possible to come out and inspect the problem.
If you have aluminum roofing it’s important to know that they are noisier than other types of roofs. Aluminum is metal so the material makes more noise when it rubs against each other. This material also transfers sound from below your roof into your living space, which can be an issue for some homeowners. To avoid this problem, make sure to keep the roof surface free of any debris or other things that can rub together and make noise. You can also add insulation in your home’s attic, although keep in mind that this will increase the cost of your installation.
Too hot to work on
Aluminum roofs are also a lot hotter to work on than other types of roofing. The metal used in aluminum is reflective, which attracts more solar heat and makes it difficult for workers to perform their duties when the outside temperature rises above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26° C). This means that in most areas, summer weather is not the best time to work on your aluminum roof. But if you get on your aluminum roof during summer, we suggest wearing clothing that will cover your entire body. Although you may be very hot in this clothing, your skin will be protected from dangerous burns.