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How do you maintain a flat roof?

Aug 16

Flat roofs can last between 10 and 20 years before needing to be replaced. It's easy to make your flat roof last 20 years. All you have to do is keep it maintained. Regular maintenance can extend the life of your flat roof. This includes removing debris and fixing leaks. Although roof maintenance is expensive, it will save you money long-term.

What is Roof Maintenance?

It is any work done to a commercial or residential roof to prevent wear and tear. Flat roof inspections should be performed twice yearly or after significant storms to determine if any damage needs to be repaired or replaced. It is well-known for its stormy weather, so it would be a good idea to have a general inspection after storms.

The following should be included in a generally flat roof maintenance:

Keep an eye out for debris.

Sometimes, debris may accumulate on roofs after a storm. It can cause damage to your roof by causing punctures, scratches, or other severe damage. When removing debris, you should inspect it for visible damage.

Repairing Seams & Membranes

The seams are the places where two pieces of roofing material are joined. Membranes and seams are susceptible to leaks, especially if there are accessories such as skylights, air vents, and air conditioner units.

Over time, the sun's UV rays can cause the membrane to crack. Any seam or membrane that has been damaged or rendered ineffective must be repaired immediately to prevent future problems.

Removing Flashings

These flashings protect roof areas where opposing surfaces meet, such as parapet walls. These areas need extra protection from water, so flashing is installed in these areas. Flashings can become loosen or degraded over time due to excessive moisture exposure.

Clearing Clogging

Drains, vents, and scuppers can become clogged, especially after storms. Scuppers allow water from the roof to drain and direct it to a drainage system. Clearance is required for all drains, scuppers, and gutters.

Plumbing Stacks

The plumbing stacks are pipes that run from the roof to the building's plumbing system. Please make sure they are free of obstructions and that they are adequately sealed.

Be on the lookout for blistering.

Look out for signs of leaks or blistering. Blistering refers to roofing spots that appear raised and spongy/soft. These occur when air gets trapped between layers of felt and the substrate. When a blister pops, water can get through and cause damage to roofing material.

Take a look at Pondering.

Ponding refers to standing water pools that are stuck on your flat roof. They can't drain or dry out. When ponding has dried, it will create a concave with a dirt or water ring around it. These marks may indicate that your flat roof is prone to ponding. A drainage system may be required to stop further damage.

Look for Splits and Cracks

Weather changes, increased stress or pressure, poor workmanship, or ponding can cause cracking and splitting of roofing materials. Cracking and splitting must be repaired.

Fill Pitch Pans

Pitch pans are used to protect roof penetrations and support connections. They are filled with "pourable sealing," an environmentally friendly Material. It is easier to use than the "pitch" before. Pitch pans are easy to construct and repair. However, they play an essential role in roof health because they protect water-infested areas. They must be cleaned and filled regularly.

Flat Roof Repair Omaha can help you with your residential or commercial roof maintenance. We are the best roofing company, and we take pride in providing excellent customer service. Call our office to receive a free estimate.