Today we will be talking all about flat roofs and how you can maintain the life span of yours ensuring any small issues you may have with your roof don’t end up escalating into major ones.
If you are unsure as to how to go about maintaining your flat roof, then you have come to the right place.
We here at JJC Contractors have put together a few handy tips and information to guide you on how best to look at your roof.
Flat Roof Tips
- A roof doesn’t last forever so checks should always be carried out at least twice a year to ensure any damage is repaired quickly to avoid unnecessary costly bills.
- Sounds obvious but make sure you remove debris such as leaves, twigs, moss, stones to ensure this never builds up to the point where your gutters begin to get blocked up and create water pooling. Clean out gutters and any other drainage areas to allow the water to flow freely after rainfall.
- Any surrounding foliage should be cut down and trimmed where possible to keep the build-up of any debris as mentioned above to a minimum.
- Carrying out internal checks are just as important as carrying out external ones. Check the ceiling for rising moisture and spread of damp, as well as any water damage. If this is neglected it will lead to much bigger and more costly problems in the future.
Common Issues With Flat Roofs
A good flat roof should always feature a mild incline if there isn’t one or the slope isn’t steep enough rain can gather in all manner of places on the roof causing damage. Also watch out for pooling of water, which can occur if the roof has begun to sag in places, or if you have blocked drainage.
If left too long the water will eventually damage the membrane protecting the roof and leaks will start to appear.
Moisture that gets trapped between the roof and membrane can cause what is called blistering, this is likely to happen in hotter environments. Repairing this is an easy task for roof contractors to carry out for you.
While there are many advantages to using EPDM as a protective membrane coating, it can suffer from shrinking, when this happens the seams will start to loosen and again moisture can begin to affect the layer beneath. If it is minimal then repairs are again straightforward but if left it will be costly.
Hope you have enjoyed our handy tips and if you do need some help with your roof repairs or replacements feel free to get in touch.