Flat roof maintenance requires a bit more care than your average pitched roof. Since the roof doesn't have a large slope to help it shed extra water and debris, you will need to take charge of cleaning and maintaining your roof on a regular basis. Here are some crucial steps for caring for a flat roof.
Do Visual Inspections
Flat roofs make it easy to do a manual inspection without the need for an inspector and fall protection gear. Be sure to check regularly for problems with the roof, such as scratched surfaces or tiles that have blown off. Also check for bubbles under the surface of the roof; this indicates that water has seeped under the waterproof layer of the roof.
Do Storm Clean-Up
Your roof is especially vulnerable right after a storm. Whenever you have a weather event in your area, be sure to go up to the roof and sweep away extra debris such as wet, fallen leaves and twigs. Use a soft bristle brush rather than a rake to avoid scratching the surface. Be sure to also clear out your drains if they have collected debris. Check to make sure that any residual water is draining properly through the storm drains or off the edges; if not, you may need to call a roofing contractor to install additional drains.
Hire an Insulation Contractor
Finally, the most critical aspect of roofing care is making sure that the flat roof is well insulated. This is not only to protect your home from losing heat, but also to keep your roof in excellent shape. Tiny cracks can form in the roof's insulation that will allow debris, bacteria, and water to seep into the permeable layers of your roof. Over time, this damage can cause wider cracks that may lead to roof failure.
Since the job of sealing tiny cracks correctly can be a big task, it's often best to hire an insulation contractor to regularly evaluate your roof and fix the insulation. Your contractor will be looking for cracks not only in the surface of your roof, but also (and maybe especially) in the seals around sunlights, drains, and other features that interrupt the surface of your roof. Catching these cracks early is key to preventing roof damage.
Having a flat roof can be a great space saver and way to cut down on your initial costs, but it will take some extra work to maintain your roof correctly. Hiring outside helpers can make the process simpler.
Talk with a contractor from a company like Georges Roofing to learn more about roofing options.
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