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Exploring Eavestrough Materials and Installation Techniques

3 Tips for Temporarily Patching a Rusted-Out Area on Your Metal Roof

by Martha Soto

If your home has an old metal roof, you may have found an area that has rusted so badly that holes are starting to form. If so, use the tips below to temporarily patch the rusted-out area of your metal roof.

Clean the Area around the Hole

Before you start making your patch, clean the area as well as you can so that the sealant has a clear spot on which to adhere. If you skip this step, the loose dirt and rust will interfere with the sealant, making it become loose after it sets up.

Use a wire brush to gently scrub away any thick layers of rust and dirt. While you are brushing the metal, use gentle pressure to keep from poking more holes in the already deteriorating material.

After you have brushed away the excess, apply vinegar to the metal to soften the remaining rust. The vinegar will also dissolve any stuck-on dust and dirt. After letting the vinegar soak for about an hour, blot the area with a snag-free rag to finish cleaning it.

Cut a Sheet Metal Patch

After cleaning the metal, it is time to make your patch. Before you start cutting the sheet metal you will use, measure the damaged area on the roof to make sure you have large enough patch to fully cover it.

Once you have your measurements, add two inches to both the length and width. This ensures that the patch will extend beyond the rust and onto the intact metal surrounding the rust, which will provide the sealant with a sturdy surface to adhere to.

Apply the Patch with Urethane Sealant

After cutting out your patch, cover one side with a urethane roofing sealant. This sealant will create a temporary bond between the metal of your patch and that of the roof to keep water from seeping underneath the sheet metal.

Cover one entire side of your patch with the sealant using a putty knife. Then, position the patch over the rusted area on your roof, making sure it is centered and the edges overlap the undamaged metal. Once you have the patch in position, firmly press it down to stick it to the roof.

While the above tips can help you patch a rusted area on your metal roof, the patch only serves as a temporary solution, as the sealant will eventually break down and open the hole back up. To keep this from happening, or if more than one area on your roof is rusted and full of holes, contact a roofing expert to have him or her inspect the surface and discuss with you options for repairing or replacing the damaged areas.