Tips For Flat Roof Maintenance

If your company’s building has a flat roof, you’ve already made an economically smart choice that provides your building with a built-in place to keep your air conditioning unit. Now that your flat roof is installed, you’ll want to do everything you can to help extend its lifespan and keep it in great condition for years to come. Following these tips will help prevent damage to your roof that could have been otherwise avoided. If you have any concerns about whether or not your flat roof needs professional attention, please contact the professionals at Duerson and we’ll get someone out to take a look!

Inspect Your Roof Regularly

Every few months, especially when the seasons change, you will want to take a look at your roof to check to make sure everything is still properly intact. You can do this by safely using a ladder to reach the flat roof and looking around for holes, loose seams, or rust, depending on the types of materials your roof is made out of. If your roof needs repairs, contact your roofing professional to take care of them and prevent further damage.

Check Your Roof for Ponding

When you inspect your roof, take note of any areas where water has accumulated. Flat roofs are more prone to collecting water if not checked often. If you see standing water after a recent rainfall or snow melt that doesn’t evaporate within about 48 hours, please contact us to check the roof more thoroughly. If a commercial flat roof with water accumulation is left as-is, it can result in more serious repairs that are needed, like widespread structural problems. When you notice ponding on your roof, you can have tapered insulation installed to prevent ponding from causing problems for you in the future.

Look for Blistering and Cracking

Over time, your roof is bound to suffer some natural wear and tear from the elements. Things to keep an eye out for include blistering, which looks like sections of raised strips on the surface, and cracking. UV rays are likely to blame for cracking, but if your roof was improperly installed, that can also lead to a roof that is more susceptible to cracks. Blistering occurs when liquid gets trapped between the membranes of the roof, causing them to expand as the liquid turns into vapor. Leaving this damage unattended can lead to a lack of structural integrity in your roof, turning into serious leaks and the potential to fall apart down the road.

After your check your roof for damage, be sure to contact the professionals at Duerson with any concerning things you see. Flat roof damage is best taken care of as soon as possible so that your roof continues to protect your building without the threat of serious damage later. If you have serious concerns about one or more of the types of damage listed here, our employees can assess whether you need widespread repairs or may be better off with a new roof. We do regular roof maintenance for a variety of roof types and styles! If your roof is simply old and irreparably damaged, we can give you a quote for a flat roof replacement. Whatever the situation may be, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your roof has been checked by professionals to make sure it keeps functioning properly.

Posted: July 12, 2018 at 5:05 pm

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