If you have an aluminum roof there will be times you will be in need of aluminum roof repair. When the damage is done, it needs to be taken care of quickly. Let’s take a look at some things to do to make sure you and your aluminum roof repair are doing well.
If you have an aluminum roof and for some reason whether it be weather or an accident, the aluminum roof repair should be done quickly because it will corrode at a fast rate. If you know you will not be able to permanently repair the roof quickly, there are some temporary things you can do to start the ball rolling. If the hole is small, you can use steel wool or fine sand paper to clean around the damage. This will prepare the surface for something called epoxy putty. Marine versions of epoxy putty are good enough to plug a hole on an aluminum boat, and can be used for your roof repair temporarily until you can finish the job. This part is not hard, and you really do not need any experience. Just be safe when you get on the roof.
If aluminum roof repair is for your mobile home, there are plenty of things to watch out for. If you know you have a leak, before you get out on the roof, make sure you are not stepping into the spaces between the spars. The spars are directly under the aluminum and hold the roof into position. Also, use flat soled shoes to walk out on the roof, or you may end up causing more damage than you repair. When you are on the roof, inspect the things that go up through the roof, like pipes or vents. There are seals around them that are likely causes of leaks. If the cracks on these items are less than one quarter inch, you can simply fill them in with some sealant or roof patch. Put a glob of it on the crack and smooth it out. Make sure you do this well before a rain. If the cracks on the roof are larger than one quarter inch, you will need to use the sealant along with glass fiber fabric. Coat the fabric with the sealant, and put it on a section that is also coated with sealant. Roll it down flat against the cracks with pressure enough to squish the sealant into the crack. Repeat if necessary.
If you find that you have many areas that need repair, you may want to hire a contractor to replace your roof. On motor homes, the roof made of aluminum is not only slick, but may need some attention a regular person will not be able to do. For the smaller holes, it does not take much experience to do aluminum roof repair successfully. Simply use the epoxy after cleaning and then get the area permanently repaired or replaced later.