Flat Roof Fuss: How To Avoid The Most Common Problems

Flat Roof Fuss: How To Avoid The Most Common Problems

Choosing a flat roof for your home or business can save you thousands of dollars.

They’re one of the most economical ways to install a high-quality roof, especially in commercial areas.

Unfortunately, many people have heard horror stories of leaks and high maintenance cost’s from flat roof repair.

With new flat roof materials and designs, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Read on to find out what some of the most common issues are with modern flat roofs and how they can be neutralized.

Flat Roof Lifespan & Design

Many people complaining about leaks and problems with their roof simply don’t realize that it has reached the end of its useful life. A flat roof’s waterproof membrane is only good for between 20 and 30 years.

This is comparable to an asphalt roof but a good bit shorter than tile or metal roofing products. Given the economical price of a flat roof and the savings you see from material and HVAC costs, it’s still a great bargain.

A sloped roof creates a large pocket of air that you have to heat and cool even though it isn’t usually being used as a functional space. There have also been significant advancements since the days of asphalt flat roof materials. Modern EPDM is an excellent manufactured product that provides a lot more protection.

Even with the maintenance requirements for flat roofing and its relatively short lifespan, it’s a great deal.

Things to Look For

A flat roof is only as good as its waterproof membrane. There are many ways this membrane can be damaged to allow leaks.

A common problem is for drainage points to become clogged with leaves or other debris. This prevents water from properly draining off the roof and can lead to pools of water forming. The weight of this water can actually damage the underlying structure of your roof.

It’s a common misconception that flat roofs are completely flat. They have a slight slope to them that allows water to more effectively drain off. Unfortunately, this also means that many such roofs only have drain gutters on one side. This makes it much easier for clogging to occur.

Another problem point is a chimney or other opening in your roof. It’s very important that you have the seal checked frequently. Any slight damage to the edge of the waterproofing membrane can lead to significant leaks around that opening.

Basic Maintenance

Unless your flat roof was designed to be used as a recreation area it’s a good idea to hire a professional to do your maintenance. Most flat roofs are easily damaged from being walked on.

You need to have your roof regularly inspected and cleaned. Drain blockage is the most common cause of premature leaks in a flat roof. If you have a professional roofer properly maintain your drains and inspect for other issues you can often head off expensive problems. This also helps to make your property more easily insurable.

Be Proactive

A flat roof repair is usually significantly cheaper than a full roof replacement. If you have your flat roof inspected you can prevent costly repairs by catching them when they’re minor issues.

Contact us now to get a free estimate on repairs or replacement on any of your flat roofs.