While there are many parts of owning a home that can require a great deal of maintenance, perhaps none is so needy and important as the elementary flat roofing required by just about everyone. If you have a flat roof, you may have already noticed that it requires more than a little maintenance. If you live in an area of the country known for having quite a bit of inclement weather, this is even truer. But even in areas where the sun shines and there are few storms, the average homeowner will still find themselves in need of regular maintenance.
Serious flat roof issues include:
Blisters: These areas appear as bubbles or as an uneven surface. They could be moisture trapped under the membrane.
Splits: These are often indicators of poor building structure or poor insulation installation. Even if the membrane was installed correctly, shifting or movement inside the structure could have caused a split in the membrane.
Movement: If the membrane seems to have moved from its original location, it may be due to the slope being too steep for the membrane installed, inadequate adhesion, or thermal problems. This can contribute to ridges, splits and other roof problems.
Damage: Obviously, if your roof is punctured or shows any signs of damage, report it to a roofing contractor.
Shrinkage: Some membranes have a tendency to shrink excessively.
If you have completed your roof inspection and have decided to hire a roofing contractor, be sure to get multiple bids to be sure you know what really needs to be done. Also, if you get multiple bids, you are more likely to pay a fair price for your roof repair or replacement.
One of the most important aspects of flat roofing leaks and the search for them is to make sure the surface is clean and free of any extra debris. This debris, such as leaves or gravel, can cover up possible damage and make it much more difficult to find what you need. Besides that, cleaning off your flat roof of debris is an important part of regular maintenance. Too many leaves can create a problem, particularly when they get wet during a storm. It may not seem like something as light and innocuous as leaves could cause a structural problem, but it has happened many times.
If you find you have any structural problems with your flat roofing, you need to call our professionals and have them take a look at it. Unless you have a great deal of experience working with the roof, you don’t want to take the chances inherent with fixing it yourself.
A flat roof is more prone to leaks due to the fact that the roof has no pitch for snow and other debris to slide off, so it remains on the roof until we remove it. This can cause an array of damage, including snow and ice damage, holes from debris, heavy weight causing structure damage and more. Flat roofs should be inspected several times each year in order to detect any damage or possible problems even before they arise.
If you find an exposed nail head, that’s easily fixed with a hammer. Drive the nail into the roof’s structure, but not too far or it may become overdrawn. You want the nail head to be even with the top of the roof. If you find a problem that can be repaired with roofing cement, use it. Even if this is just a temporary solution to fixing the leak, it will buy you some time until you can hire a professional roofing contractor.