What can I do if my metal roof gets dented?

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Although incredibly unlikely to happen, there are occasions that a metal roof can become dented. A dent in your roof tile will not necessarily cause any long term damage and can easily be fixed. Whether attempting to get rid of dents from your tiles yourself, or having a professional roofing company do it for you, here’s a step by step guide to fixing dents in your metal roof tiles.


Removing Dents

Once you’re safely on the roof, here are the steps you should take to get rid of the dents in your tiles.

Step 1 

Using the claw of a hammer, remove one of the nails from the tile that has a dent. The nail needs to be close to the dent so that the following steps can be completed.

You do not need to remove the tile from the roof. Removing a nail should provide access to the underside of the tile. If necessary, you may need to extract another nail to gain access, but this is rare.

Keep hold of any nails you remove, as these will be used to re-secure the tile once the dent has been pressed out.

Step 2

To get rid of the dent, you will need a thick piece of wood (similar to the one in our video guide). It needs to be sturdy enough to push out the dent without snapping, but small enough to fit in the gap between the tiles. It should also be long enough to reach the dent.

Gently lift the tile below where the dent is and push the wood into the gap, creating a lever. Push down on the end of the wood that is not covered by the tile. This will cause the end under the dent to move upwards. This should push the dent out, and make the tile resume its original shape.

You may need to apply pressure a couple of times so the dent is gone completely.

Step 3

Once the tile is back to its normal shape, remove the wood carefully and press the tile back into place. The tile can be pressed back into place by hand or using the stick of wood.

Use the nails to re-secure the tile to the roof. Place the nail in the exact position it came from and hammer in to avoid the roof tile from being loose.

For a short visual of the process, watch our video guide.

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Metrotile’s lightweight roofing material provides the ideal roofing solution for any building in need of a secure and protective roof. Being manufactured from aluzinc coated steel, our tiles provide a strong roof that comes in a variety of tile profiles, all of which are incredibly easy to maintain. For more information about our products, please browse our website, or speak to a member of our team on +44 (0)1249 658514.