Flat roofs offer more stability and some people prefer the design over their sloped counterparts. Incidentally, because of their design, they require more maintenance than sloped roofs. However, if properly maintained, flat roofs can have a very long lifespan. If not well-maintained, you may run into problems, like splitting and blistering, that require repair. Implementing a flat roof maintenance program will help keep your roof in good shape and minimize costly repairs. Here are three flat roof maintenance tips you can start implementing.
Because your roof is flat, it's especially vulnerable to a condition that can have damaging consequences, called "ponding." This happens when it rains or snows and water accumulates on the roof. Unlike sloped roofs that allow the water to slide down and off of it, water that accumulates on flat roofs can become saturated. Once the water accumulates, if it's left there, it can cause leaking, structural damage and in serious cases, roof failure. To eliminate ponding, install tapered insulation. Once cut and fit for your specific roof, tapered insulation prevents water accumulation by moving ponding water toward your existing gutters and drains.
As part of general maintenance, it's crucial to regularly inspect your roof so you can catch issues before they become severe and require costly repairs. Look for signs of splitting or blistering, which are typically spongy feeling areas. Look for signs of ridging, which may appear as long, narrow cracks. If you find, splitting, cracks, or ridging, contact a roof repair company, like West Plains Roofing. Catching issues quickly, and having them repaired right away, lowers the risk of further damage and reduces repair costs. If not corrected these issues can result in serious damage and costly repairs.
If you live in an area with heavy snowfall in the winter, it's crucial that you add snow removal to your maintenance checklist. If heavy snowfall accumulates on your roof, it can put your roof at risk of collapsing, as it may buckle under the excess weight. You will need to safely climb on top of your roof and remove the snow once a good amount has accumulated. This is often done with a ladder and a snow rake. If the snow is several inches high, you may need to use a shovel instead of a snow rake. In some instances, the snowfall may be light enough that you can simply sweep it off of the roof. In any event, you'll need room to safely maneuver and dump the snow from the roof.