8 Amazing Signs You Need To Replace Your Metal Roofing

The metal roof should not be changed until the time is perfect. But how can you tell when it’s the proper time? Metal roofing is known for its longevity and dependability. With proper care and maintenance, this material may last for decades. But that is not to say that this material will never be subjected to wear and tear.

Metal roofs drain water, snow, and debris better than asphalt shingle roofs, resulting in less water damage and blocked gutters, and they’re also easy to clean. Pieces of metal debris and chemicals that can cause corrosion when they come into touch with metal roof panels (such as chunks of brick and concrete) are the only things that homeowners with metal roofs need to be concerned about.

Before we get into the indicators that your metal roof needs to be replaced, it’s important to understand the differences between the two major types of metal roof systems.

A standing seam metal roof system is made up of panels that are mechanically seamed or fastened together at the joints. When the metal heats up, this permits the panels to expand and compress freely.

Another is a screw down panel metal roof (exposed fastener) since it’s screwed down with the fasteners visible. Screws and washers are screwed through the face of the metal to secure the panels. This method of fastening the metal prevents it from expanding and contracting normally.

Knowing when to replace your metal roofing is necessary as a homeowner in order to prevent your home from further damage. You’ll know exactly what these indications are by the end of this blog.

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Curling or Missing Metal Shingles

Some metal roofing styles include metal shingles. If you have this type in your home, make sure to inspect it on a regular basis. The condition of your shingles is one of the signals that you need to replace sections of your roof. If any of your roof’s sections are “curling” or missing, you should be concerned. Metal Shingles can curl in one of two ways. The first is cupping, in which the metal shingle’s edges detach and turn upward; the second is clawing, in which the edges remain attached but the middle piece deforms and travels upward. Both are symptoms of heat and water damage that could lead to further leaks.

The number of metal shingles that have been detached is vital to notice if your shingles are missing. A few lost metal shingles should not be a concern, but if several are missing, most roof repair businesses will advise inspecting the area for internal damage. If these shingles have been missing for a long time, you may need to have the entire roof replaced as well as repairs done underneath.

Old Age

Rains, excessive humidity, high salt air conditions, and other environmental factors could cause your roof to deteriorate. If your roof is more than 20 years old, it’s probably time to have it inspected for any problems.

At some point, all roofing materials begin to show indications of deterioration. This usually occurs around the 20th to 30th year following installation for most metal roofs. Many industry says that this roofing material may last considerably longer than 30 years, however this isn’t always the case.


Because of its durability and toughness, metal roofing material rarely sags, but when it does, it should be cause for concern. When metal material sags, it indicates that the roof and its fundamental supports are failing. Call a professional for an examination as soon as you see any part of your metal roof starting to sink.

Paint that has faded

If the paint on your metal roofing is chipped, discolored, or thinned, it could be vulnerable to rust. Because the protective coating has been damaged, the metal has been exposed to the elements. It’s likely that your roof has been damaged if the paint damage is substantial. It would be easier and less expensive to replace the roof entirely in that situation.

A waterproof coating is applied to the majority of metal roofs. This provides additional rain and humidity protection, but it is vulnerable to damage from falling debris. Temperature fluctuations can also cause it to distort and wear out.

Storm Damage

In many tropical areas, storm damage is widespread, and if something falls or strikes your metal roofing during a storm, it could cause structural damage to your home. This may seem self-evident, but most homeowners are unaware that even little mishaps can result in a roof replacement. This is why, after severe winds and rain, you should always check on your roof. Any dents or scratches should be documented, and debris should be removed to prevent additional damage. If your roof (or a specific panel) has multiple dents, it may need to be replaced.


To avoid rust and even corrosion, metal roofing is frequently painted with a protective coating. This seal, however, may not have been properly applied or may have become destroyed. This exposes your roof to the elements, which can lead to rust formation. Additionally, corrosion may occur if your roofing material comprises more than one type of metal. This is due to the possibility of a chemical reaction when dissimilar metals come into contact. Corrosion can eat through the material and produce leaks beneath your roof, causing water damage.

Punctures and Tears

You know your metal roofing is solid enough to walk on if you’ve been up to it before or had repairmen around for inspections and the like. However, the amount of weight placed on a metal panel can sometimes result in a rip or puncture.  Caulking can usually be used to repair these, but this is only a temporary fix. If your metal roofing has been ripped or punctured several times, the structural integrity of the roof may be jeopardized. If this is the case for your property, it is advisable to replace the affected panels, or the entire roof.


Leaks in your roof might be caused by rust or corrosion damage. Water damage may cause your roof panels to become twisted or loose over time, allowing new leaks to enter your home. A leak indicates that one of your roof’s metal panels needs to be replaced or repaired. A small leak in your home may seem inconvenient at first, but it has the potential to become a greater problem if left unattended. Leaks can speed up the rusting and corrosion of your roof, causing damage to your home’s components, electrical systems, and even mold growth.


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EcoShield Roofing specializes in roof replacements and repair for metal and shingle roofs. We are a roofing business with all the correct credentials and the required local and state licenses to get your job done right. 

We also offer roof repair and gutter installation to ensure that your roof continues to work properly for years to come. To get started on your new roof, schedule a free estimate now!