Tips For Maintaining A Flat Roof
One of the most common things that Greene Roofing receives calls for is flat roofs and for some homeowners, these can pose many different problems. However, through proper and regular maintenance and giving it the attention it needs, your flat roof can last and serve you well. Here are some flat roof maintenance tips that you should be keeping in mind.
One of the biggest mistakes home and business owners make is to neglect to inspect their roofs as often as they should. For best practices, you will want to inspect your flat roof at least three times per year. If you have trees nearby your area, you will want to check it more often. You should also look to inspect your flat roof after certain weather events like heavy snowfall in the winter and rainfall during the summer. Also, when you are inspecting your roof, be sure to keep an eye out for pooling water, blisters, holes, soft areas, and cracks. If you notice any of these issues, you will want to contact a roofing contractor as it may be time to replace your roof.
Keep It Clean
Debris collects more easily on flat roofs than they do on slanted roofs which makes it critical to keep up with the regular maintenance. On the bright side, flat roofs are much easier and safer to walk on than slanted roofs which makes the process of clearing any debris much simpler. However, you will need to make sure that you don’t damage the roof as you walk on it. The best times to do this would be before and after the winter as you can gently clear the leaves, dirt and other debris with a broom.
Trim Back Nearby Trees
If you have trees with branches that are hanging over or touch your roof, you will want to trim them back. The reason for this is that you don’t want the branches to fall onto or rub against and scrape the roof. Another factor is moss which can make its way from the nearby tree onto the roof and spread which would be harmful.
Watch The Weight
Another thing you will need to keep under control is the weight on your roof. If there is too much snow and ice build-up, the weight can be excessive. Now, if your roof is installed properly, this should be unlikely, however, it is not impossible. In the most extreme situation, the excessive weight could cause your roof to collapse. Typically, flat roofs are built strong enough to manage the weight necessary in certain locations. However, to stay on the safe side, you should just keep in mind how much weight your roof can safely handle.
Having A Good Drainage System In Place
As you are doing regular checks of your roof and you notice pooling water, it may be an indicator that your roof drainage system may be insufficient and needs to be altered or cleared of any blockage.
When it comes to maintaining a flat roof, it comes down to performing your due diligence as most of the serious issues can be avoided. Most flat roofs generally last about 10-20 years before they need to be replaced. For any additional questions about flat roof maintenance, give Greene Roofing a call at (718) 941-1111!