How and Why To Do Metal Roof Maintenance

Back on a roof, Phil shows you all the things you want to check and make sure to clean. Then where you want to seal the roof to prevent metal roof leaks.

This metal roof did have some interesting things Phil had never seen done. Not a good sign.

00:00 Follow along with a handyman
00:25 Up on a metal roof looking for leak problems
00:35 Issues-No Ridge cap foam or valley foam
00:45 You’ll want to clean off all the leaves and pine needles
00:55 Need to seal up all your penetrations
01:16 Sweep off then take a closer look
01:55 Be at it for a while, they pan around and will come back
02:15 Strange situation-one he hasn’t seen in all the years of metal rooves
02:30 Sealing and fixing the leak from plumbing vent in a valley
03:20 He’s going to suggest to the customer that we come back and put the valley foam and ridge cap foam in
03:30 Things you want to look for
04:05 Want to check and screw down then seal your screws
04:40 You can pressure wash, but you want to think about where you’re shoving water
04:55 Want to check your vents for dents around the screws
05:26 Be an American not an American’t


Hi, I’m Phil bridges, owner of Straight Arrow Repair. Ever want to know how a repairman fixes things? Well come with me, and I’ll show you how I solve problems. Let’s make things better together. Well, guess what, we’ve moved up in the world up on top of roofs, trying to fix some leaks right away, we see some issues.

There’s no ridge cap foam, that’s under here and there’s no valley foam from what we can see. We’ll know here shortly; we’re going to clean up all the leaves you and the pine needles is what you’ll need to do in your home and seal up all the penetrations.

You need to do that even though you have a metal roof you need to seal up every three or four years, you need to go up and check so and then re silicone or reseal the foam whatever. We don’t think you have a totally maintenance free roof.

You do not have a totally maintenance free roof. You have maintenance, relationships have maintenance, everything has maintenance. So here we go. You’re going to sweep off first and then take a look at everything. Top down don’t know why they put that ridge cap there, it is not my roof, should be some foam right there and don’t see it.

We’ll be working at this for a while, but if you pan around, you’ll see, this is a pretty bad spot to have a vent going through a valley I’ve never seen that. OK. In this situation, it’s a pretty strange situation it has a vent, plumbing vent, that’s going through the valley.

If I would have done the roof, I would have tried to move the thing further up and get it out of the valley. I’ve never had one in the valley, but here it is. I’ve sealed it right here because I don’t want them to continue having a leak.

But the real issue is normally you would want about four inches at least of area both sides of this rib so water and everything else can pass they got it right up against. So, what that causes is the stuff to stay right there particularly because they don’t have valley foam. It will tend to soak back up.

I don’t know how wide this valley is usually about so far back or more, and it hasn’t leaked, except just recently. It leaks or somewhere in here which it could be leaking here where it was water running down.

And so, I’m going to suggest we come back, cut this metal back on all these valleys and put valley foam in. But what we’ve had to do is seal around the vents. And a lot of a lot of places like that, one of the things you want to look for.

Go and do it anyway. Is there this type of roof jack or vent cover ends up cracking right here? And you end up replace it. You can put silicone. I just put it just because didn’t take much to do.

And. But that’s something you want to look for. I generally try to use a rubber vent with his aluminum aluminum edges so you can bend it over things quite easily. And the rest of it’s all rubber. And I’ll show you that at some point.

Another thing to maintain is the screws, so we’ll need to get a screw gun and screw down some things so that you don’t lose your roof. Long haul. Get up here and don’t don’t pull down as far as you start stripping them, just pull them down snug.

There’s one over there with that green needles. That’s some of the things you’ll need to do. You can pressure wash if you want to kind of shoving water in places you might not want. So, you need to think about that, but get a water hose, hose it off.

But you do have maintenance to do. So, a lot of times when people pull the vents up, they pull them up from here makes a dent around the screw. And then they put it back down that they’re still there and water collects and goes down that screw down onto your stove or something.

So, you want to quite often is seal around those screws so that they don’t. This is actually a furnace thing, I think. So, you want to seal around those? That’s it, that’s it. Just maintain it about every couple years. This is Phil Bridges.

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