Flat roofs are one of the most popular roofing options for commercial and residential buildings. They’re simply designed and relatively low cost — but like any other roofing system, they require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. With these flat roof maintenance tips, you can save yourself costly repairs down the line.
Inspect It Regularly
The most crucial part of flat roof maintenance is consistent inspections. Fortunately, flat roofs are relatively easy to walk on. Check for blisters from trapped air under the membrane, loose seams, discoloration, cracks, and water pooling. If you notice any of these, consider contacting your Central Florida roofing company for a professional inspection and repair estimate.
Leaves, branches, and debris collect more easily on flat roofs than on sloped ones. If left unaddressed, it can cause drainage problems, add unnecessary weight to your roof, and become a source of moisture retention leading to mold and algae growth.
Check Your Roof’s Drainage
Despite their name, flat roofs aren’t actually flat. They’re built at a slight angle to allow water to flow off the roof and down through a drainage system. If you notice pooling water on your flat roof, it could be a sign of blocked or poor drainage. Clear the gutters every couple of months with gloves and a bucket and grab a garden hose to clear the downspouts. If you’re still dealing with pooling water, a professional can help adjust the leveling of your roof to ensure water is flowing to your gutters.
Don’t Wait To Fix Leaks
Your roof’s drainage system is only one part of preventing leaks. As soon as you notice water dripping from the roof decking or your drywall is discolored, call in the professionals who can identify the source, patch seams, and reinforce flashing.
With proper care and maintenance, a flat roof can last you up to 20 years. Contact Stanley’s Roofing today for flat roof inspections, repairs, replacement, and installation in Central Florida.