The Basics of Flat Roof Maintenance

by | Oct 13, 2020 | Blog, Roofing

A flat roof is classified as any roof that has a pitch of less than 15 degrees and remains a very popular choice for many homeowners when getting a conservatory or house extension. Flat roofs are unobtrusive, affordable and cheaper and easier to maintain than traditional roofs. However, because of the use of felt, asphalt-based and other similar materials, insurers are often uneasy about insuring this type of roof because of concerns over their longevity, especially when compared with more traditional slate, tiled or more modern EPDM roofs. Which is where flat roof maintenance comes in… most insurers will struggle to insure a flat roof property due to concerns with their endurance.

Regular Inspections

Many home and business owners neglect to inspect their roofs as often as they should. You should inspect your flat roof at least three times every year. If you have trees nearby, check it even more often. Inspect your roof after a heavy snowfall in the winter and rainfall during the summer. Keep an eye out for pooling water, blisters, holes, soft areas (damaged insulation), and cracks. If you notice any of these issues, contact a professional roofing contractor. Your roof may be able to be repaired, or it may be time to replace it. Note: If you can’t inspect your roof safely on your own, call a roofing contractor to do it for you.

Keep Your Roof Clean

Debris collects on flat roofs more than on slanted ones. It’s important to keep up on regular maintenance. Fortunately, flat roofs are easier and safer to walk on than slanted roofs, making the chore a little simpler. Be careful not to damage your roof as you walk on it.. Before and after winter are great times to do this, gently clearing leaves, dirt, and anything else on the roof with a broom.

Trim Nearby Trees

Trim any trees with branches that hang over or touch your roof. You don’t want any branches to fall onto or rub up against and scrape your roof. Moss can also make its way from a nearby tree onto your roof and begin to spread, harming your roof.

Deal With Leaks Right Away

If you get a crack or leak, call a professional to evaluate the situation and perform the necessary repairs. As with any roof leaks, they should be taken care of immediately to prevent further damage. Leaks in flat roofs typically occur around flashing and in seams.

Roof Maintenance and Repairs with First Out Roofing

Whether you need to replace an old roof or have maintenance or repairs done on your brand new roof, you deserve to have the job done by a reliable roofing company. First Out Roofing offers great roofing services at prices you can afford, but that’s not all we can do. Our team also handles leak repairs, decking, windows and doors, and even home remodeling. For more information or a free quote on our top-notch services, call or visit our website today!

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