How to Maintain and Repair your Roof Sheeting to Ensure its Longevity and Effectiveness

Apr 24, 2023 | Articles

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As an integral structural component, the worst situation that one could have to face is replacing the roof. As effective as roof sheeting is, regular maintenance and immediate repairs will assist in maintaining the overall integrity of the roof, ensuring years of continued protection. In this article, we at Chemvet Steel & Fencing will discuss some tips and advice on the upkeep of roof sheeting:

Tips for Maintaining and Repairing Roof Sheeting

Here are some tips we recommend to maintain and repair your roof sheeting:

  1. Regular Maintenance Tips

Roof sheeting is considered affordable, aesthetically pleasing, and generally resilient, and will give you returns on your investment as long as the roof sheeting installed is regularly maintained and repaired. If you have existing roof sheeting, by applying maintenance practices as early as possible, it will save on costly repairs in the long run.

  • To cut down on possible leaks, consider replacing the screws with stainless steel ones as they are highly resistant to rust and corrosion.
  • Remove and replace any loose or broken fasteners.
  • As roof sheeting is designed to overlap, check that the joins between the roof sheeting don’t have any dents, bends, or damage.
  • Make sure that the battens that go over and under the sheeting don’t show signs of moisture damage or wear and tear.
  • Keep leaks at bay by periodically checking your waterproofing.


  1. Leak Detection and Prevention

Making sure that your roof sheeting is leakproof is the first step toward ensuring its effectiveness and longevity. Leaks not only damage the roof, but water also seeps into the walls, onto floors, and onto the household contents. Fixing a leak is pretty simple, as once found, all you need to do is make sure the area is completely dry, prime it, and then apply the membrane and roof sealant.


  1. Keep Roof Sheeting Clean from Debris

As much as gutters filled with debris can prevent proper drainage from the roof, leaving corrosive materials or tools on the roof after any repairs can increase the risk of corrosion on the roof. Make sure that the roof sheeting is kept clean at all times and that tools are removed immediately after repairs have been affected.


  1. Efficient Drainage and Run-Off

Part and parcel of an effective roof is that proper drainage has been installed and is regularly maintained. As important as it is to keep moisture and leaks at bay, it is just as important to make sure that the gutters are clean and free of leaves, twigs, and other debris. Trapped water can lead to the development of mould and mildew, and if left for too long, will bend and damage your guttering, landing up in costly replacements.

Our roof sheeting will only be effective and long-lasting if all the components have been properly assembled. We would also strongly urge you to carry out all maintenance and repairs before the rainy season starts to prevent any moisture from coming in and causing unnecessary damage.


Roof Sheeting Experts

Ideally situated in Gauteng, we at Chemvet Steel & Fencing have successfully supplied and installed roof sheeting for numerous poultry houses within South Africa. With almost 45 years of experience in the industry, we are the go-to specialists for steel, fencing, and poultry houses. Having extended our portfolio to include steel repairs and maintenance to several agricultural structures, including storerooms and warehouses, should you feel that task at hand is too overwhelming, contact us and we will gladly assist you.

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