I Have a Metal Roof… How Do I Maintain It?

First things first, let us congratulate you on being a homeowner with a head for taking care of your biggest personal financial investment. It’s great that you’re staying proactive about the maintenance of your metal roof! With that being said, we’re here to help you out! Here are some common signs that your metal roof may need repairs or replacement:

  • Leaks If you notice water stains on your ceiling or walls, it could indicate that your metal roof has developed leaks. These are often caused by seams or fasteners that have failed.
  • Loose or Missing Fasteners The screws and fasteners that hold your metal roof in place can become loose or go missing. This can lead to panels lifting or becoming insecure, which increases the risk of leaks and other damage.
  • Panel Seams Opening Up The seams between metal panels can expand and contract with temperature changes. If they begin to separate, it could lead to leaks and structural vulnerabilities.
  • Sagging or Uneven Roof Surface If parts of your metal roof appear to sag or have an uneven surface, it could be a sign of structural issues that need immediate attention.
  • Noise Increased noise during rain or wind can be a sign that the roof’s structural integrity might be compromised, particularly if you notice a significant change in sound.
  • Rust and Corrosion Metal roofs can rust or corrode over time, especially if they are not properly coated or if the coating has worn off. This is more common in areas with high humidity or salt air exposure (like we have here in Florida).
  • Dents and Punctures Severe weather, falling debris, and other impacts can cause dents and punctures in metal roofing panels. These damages can compromise the structural integrity of the roof.
  • Faded Paint or Coating Over time, the sun’s UV rays can cause the paint or coating on metal roofs to fade, which not only affects the appearance but can also reduce the roof’s reflective properties, impacting energy efficiency.
  • Age of Roof If your metal roof is nearing or has surpassed its expected lifespan (which can be several decades, depending on the material and installation), it may be time to consider replacement even if no significant damage is evident. 


Regular roof inspections can help you catch many of these issues early on, potentially saving you from more extensive and expensive repairs. If you notice any of these signs, it’s advisable to reach out to us, and we will provide you with a free inspection to assess the condition of your roof and recommend appropriate actions. At Universal Roof & Contracting, we offer a wide variety of roofing options, including metal roofs. We pride ourselves in being a roofing and contracting leader in Central Florida and Jacksonville.