Flat roofs are notoriously prone to leaks, which is why you need to take extra care when maintaining them. So, it’s important to know what you should – and should not – do when it comes to maintenance.
Why Are Flat Roofs Leak-Prone?
Flat roofs can’t easily shed water. The term flat roof is a bit of a misnomer, however, since they’re actually slightly elevated to allow rainwater to flow down into the drains. Despite this, flat roofs encounter a lot of moisture-related problems so you must take steps to protect it.
Trim Overhanging Tree Limbs
One of these problems is clogged drains. The usual culprits are leaves and other kinds of debris. If the drains are clogged, water will accumulate and pool on your flat roof. That’s why if there are a lot of trees near your building, it’d be a good idea to trim foliage occasionally. And, don’t forget overhanging tree limbs as well because falling branches can cause punctures or tears.
Stick to a Maintenance Routine
Another reason why flat roofs are prone to leaks is ultraviolet (UV) damage. UV rays can break down the chemical composition of a flat roof over time, making the roof surface brittle and prone to cracks. And, thanks to their low slopes, flat roofs are more exposed to UV rays, making them more likely to suffer deterioration. That’s why you need to stick to a maintenance routine. By having a roofer inspect your flat roof every month, small issues can be fixed early.
Fix Leaks Right Away
If you notice any signs of damage, don’t put off repairs. The longer you wait, the more likely it is other parts of your property will be affected.
Make Sure to Hire a Qualified Contractor
One more thing: don’t forget to do your research before hiring a contractor. You only want to hire the most qualified roofer.
Bradford Xeriors, a Haag-certified inspector, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including roofing and siding installation services. To get a free estimate, call us at (614) 483-6215, or fill out our form here. We serve Arlington, Columbus and Dublin, as well as other communities in Ohio.