A flat roof is exactly as it is described – it is a roof that appears to be straight to the human eye. This type of roof is commonly used above garages, an outdoor entertainment deck, or on commercial buildings – and it comes with its own set of benefits and issues.
At ABC Roofing, we’ve seen it all. Here we’ll take a look at what some of the common issues are when it comes to flat roofs, as well as what you can expect from a flat roof repair.
Common Flat Roof Issues
A flat roof can be wonderful to look at and seems rather simple and easy to install and maintain, right? Wrong. A flat roof is notorious for minor issues – especially in South Florida where we experience heavy rainfall during the summer months. Here are the most common flat roof issues we’ve experienced at ABC Roofing:
One of the most obvious issues of a flat roof is that it doesn’t have the angles that a sloped roof has, and therefore has a natural challenge of water not being able to run off as easily. If the roof is not installed correctly or is not designed for adequate drainage, then it is likely that a build-up of water will have nowhere to go and instead, create a pool on top of the roof. This flat roof issue is referred to as ponding water.
Ignoring this pool of water for longer than 48 hours can lead to a whole stream of further issues – including leaks, a shortened life span, mold, and even insect infestations.
Another common issue amongst flat roofs is aging. Just like anything in life, your roof will start to age over time. Your roof asphalt can start to lose its elasticity which can then result in cracks starting to form. A cracked flat roof can be structurally compromised and is therefore very dangerous if left untreated. If you start to notice cracks forming in your flat roof, it is best to call in a roofing professional to begin immediate repairs.
What To Expect From A Flat Roof Repair?
The important considerations for having a flat roof is installation, inspections, and repairs. If your flat roof is installed correctly in the first place, then you are less likely to experience issues later on. Conducting regular inspections on your roof is the best way to identify minor issues and repair them before they turn into major issues that are far more difficult to fix later on.
When it comes to flat roof repair, prevention is always better than cure. Our roofing professionals at ABC Roofing are experts on maintaining a flat roof and can perform regular inspections to help keep your roof in tip-top shape. It is also especially important to have a professional inspect your roof after any major storms where the roof would have been exposed to harsh weather and heavy rainfall.
If your flat roof has collected pools of water after experiencing heavy rainfall, your roofing professional can drain the water, and fix any leaks before causing further damage to your home and property. If your flat roof is ponding water, our professional might conduct the following repairs:
- Flashing and cleaning of your roof drains
- Repairing and leveling of low spots on the roof
- Re-pitching the flat roof structure
Choosing ABC Roofing For Your Flat Roof Repair
Flat roofs require expert knowledge and experience, and although they might seem simple to the eye, they can come with dangerous challenges if not treated with care! It’s never a good idea to tackle your roof on your own, with our roofing professionals being just one call away, you can have your roof seen to in no time. If you have a flat roof, save yourself from a headache later on and call one of our professionals today. We have the skill, tools, and expertise to make the right call for your roof – saving you time, money, and long-term issues!
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