Tin roofing is a lasting and affordable roofing solution, yet requires regular maintenance to ensure its longevity. The following do it yourself tin roof guide will explain all the measures that can be taken to maintain tin roofing, and how to perform them.
Corrosion is one of the most common problems associated with tin roofing. It can of course be prevented, and when the process by which this is done is not carried out properly, it can be the cause of a serious problem. Rust, which can occur as a result, can be removed using a wire brush, and surface dirt and debris should be removed by scrubbing it off. Rinse it well and dry the surface completely before proceeding with the tin roof DIY. Elastomeric coating can be used as a paint that protects against corrosion, but be sure to cover the surface entirely and evenly. When brushed in on layers, it will form a seamless membrane over the tin roofing. At the flashings and tar spots, the elastomeric coating can be embedded wit a reinforcing polyester material. Acrylic primers and paints can also be used, but they are not as effective. Tin roofing should be re-painted against corrosion once every 2-4 years.
Holes can also arise from disintegration. If you see a hole developing, fix it before it gets out of hand. Get a patch of tin that s 2 inches larger than the hole, using tin snips to cut it. Put flux on the surface and patch. Put the patch into place and solder it suing a soldering iron. For added protection, coat the area with roofing cement and follow the same process.
Penetrating roofing materials can be difficult and dangerous, even for an expert. Even the most skilled do-it-yourselfer may require professional help when learning how to install a skylight. If your roof is sloped more than 6 inches, or you wish to install a skylight larger than 48” square, contact Roof 101 for specialist roofing contractors.
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