How to Find \u0026amp; Fix a Leak in a Metal Roof\nMetal roofs are rising in popularity with residential and commercial property owners alike, due to their long-lasting durability and high rating for energy efficiency. However, no roof is immune to leaks. Flat and corrugated metal roofs are prone to rusting and weakening at the seams over time, and this can cause rainwater to permeate your roof.\nIf you have a metal roof on your home, don't panic! Liquid Rubber Waterproof Sealant is the perfect tool for fixing a metal roof leak. In this piece, we'll walk you through every step, from how to find a leak in a metal roof to how to go about fixing it so that you never have to worry about the potential of water damage.\nWhat Causes Leaks in Your Metal Roof?\nAlthough metal is one of the most durable and long-lasting roof materials, there are opportunities for leaks to occur — especially if the roof is old or poorly maintained. There are other factors to look out for as well.\nFor example, if you live in a humid climate or one with a lot of rainfall, you should expect your metal roof to rust faster. If you move into a house with a metal roof, there's no guarantee that it was installed with the level of quality that would allow you to reap the benefits that a metal roof is intended to provide.\nHere are some of the most common sources of leaks for homeowners with metal roofs:\n\nImproper installation\nIssues with fasteners\nPanel damage\nOpen headwall or flashing\nMissing trim\nLoose gutters or downspouts\nGaps in seams\nRust damage\n\nHow to Find a Leak in a Metal Roof\nIf your metal roof is leaking, naturally, you'll want to have it fixed before water damage occurs. The first step is finding the leak. Here are some of the places to look when trying to find the source of the issue:\nThe Roof Body\nA visual inspection may be able to help you detect leaks in the body of your roof, especially if the leaks are major. Check for:\n\nHoles from weather or debris\nRust damage\nMissing, loose or overly tight screws\nShifted metal roofing panels\n\nConnection Points\nSeams and joints are common places for leaks to start due to loosening screws or water buildup. Check for:\n\nMissing sealant or tape\nLoose trim or gaps\nMissing, loose or overly light screws\nMisalignment where panels overlap\n\nRoof Openings\nMost roofs are built around other ventilation, piping networks, and other systems (skylights, chimneys, etc.), which create opportunities for leaks to form. Check for:\n\nCracked seals on flashing\nGaps in trim\nRotting sealant\n\nRoof Edges\nThe edges of the roofline, including where the roof and gutter are attached, are also prone to leaks and should be part of your inspection. Check for:\n\nGutter damage\nFlashing damage\nRotting sealants\nCap issues\n\nHow to Approach Fixing a Metal Roof Leak\nNow that you found the source, it's time to go about fixing the metal roof leak. Before you pick up the phone, call a contractor, and spend thousands on repairs, you should know that Liquid Rubber Waterproof Sealant enables you to do the job yourself without compromising quality.\nStep 1: Prepare the Roof\nThe first thing you'll want to do is make sure your roof is 100% ready to treat. Before you do anything, tighten or replace any loose or damaged screws and fasteners. You want your seams to be as tight as possible before sealing the roof for the best results.\nRemove any loose debris off the roof. Many people choose to power wash before applying the waterproof sealant to allow the coat to adhere to the roof the best way possible. If you do this, make sure the surface is completely dry before applying tape or sealant.\nStep 2: Fortify all Seams\nAs mentioned, you won't get the best results with loose or open seams on your roof paneling, flashing, or joists. Lay down strips of Liquid Rubber Seam Tape to cover cracks and seams.\nIf the gaps in the seams are large, use a metal-safe polyurethane based caulking on remaining cracks or seams, making sure to smooth the material before moving on to the next step.\nFinally, apply Liquid Rubber Seam Tape around vents, flashing and protrusions, smoothing it tightly down before moving onto the next step.\nStep 3: Apply Liquid Rubber Sealant\nNow you're ready to seal your roof and prevent leaks! The first thing you'll want to do is seal the seam tape you put around vents, flashing and other protrusions. Apply a coat of Liquid Rubber Waterproof Sealant on these areas before moving onto larger areas.\nUsing a brush, roller or heavy-duty airless sprayer, apply sealant in an even coat over the entire roof. You need to apply multiple coats, so make sure you're letting the prior coat dry completely first.\nLooking for a colored option? Choose our Liquid Rubber Color Waterproof Sealant, but be careful not to apply colored sealant over the standard black product. Use 1 or the other.\nEnhance the Impact of Your Roof Sealant\nLiquid Rubber waterproof roof sealants are one of the top-rated products designed to help you repair existing leaks and prevent new ones from getting the chance to form. There are, however, some steps you can take to increase the effectiveness of your project:\n\nUse Liquid Rubber Seam Tape, the same tape you used on the roof seams, to patch holes and cracks before applying sealant. \nUse a water-based rust primer for areas of significant rust, preventing further rot and damage to the surface of the roof.\nBe sure to apply sealant in the best environmental conditions. It shouldn't be exposed to heavy wind, rain, or excessive heat or sunlight while it's drying. Try to find a day to apply where it's above 50 F and dry.\n\nSave Time and Money with Liquid Rubber\nThe longest-lasting roof is one that has been properly maintained — and when it comes to preventing leaks in your roof, easy-to-apply, non-toxic Liquid Rubber products are the best option. Save money vs. hiring a professional and get some well-earned peace of mind from knowing you used the industry's leading sealant to weather-proof your metal roof.