What are some of the aspects that go into flat roof repair or flat roof maintenance? This blog from Summit Commercial Roofing will address some of those issues, so businesses can decide whether they should contact us to ensure proper upkeep and health of their roofs.
What to know about Flat Roof Maintenance
Flat roofs obviously last longer if they are properly and regularly maintained. There are a few common factors that tend to really mess up a flat roof if they are not addressed. The first of is ponding, when standing water is caught up in little pools on the roof top and doesn’t drain properly. This is because the drain system or slope of the roof wasn’t done efficiently enough. If ponding is allowed to continue, you’ll end up with a weakened roof and possible leaks that will worsen over time. When ponding occurs on the edge of a roof, hoppers can be installed to collect the water. When it occurs in the middle of a roof, a pump can be installed to help move the water off the flat roof.
Another factor is that of the protective and waterproof coating or covering that stretches over the flat roof. This is put in place initially, but sometimes roofers are not careful in how they install the covering. They may accidentally or carelessly tear the material and render it ineffective in doing its job. Weather becomes a problem when the covering is not on properly, because rain fall will be detrimental to your flat roof, and snow even more of an issue.
DIY Flat Roof Maintenance
Some things you can inspect yourself are:
While you may require the assistance of Summit Commercial Roofing at some point for help with your flat roof issues, there are a few things you can do routinely to help prolong the life of your roof. Make sure drains are not clogged with debris.
- Make sure any drains are not clogged with debris, blocking the water from being expelled from the roof
- Remove any loose matter from the roof’s surface
- Inspect flashing and caulking for holes or cracking
- Check seams for potential leaks
- Trim any trees hanging over the roof
Flat roof maintenance and repair is not a very difficult situation if you hire experienced roofers. Summit Commercial Roofing has flat roof experts because that’s all we do. Our maintenance is one of a kind.