Flat roofs are generally a good choice even for residential homes. However, just like other roofing systems, there are certain issues that are particularly common in flat roofing. If you are eyeing a flat roof for your property, make sure to take note of these common problems so that you can create an effective maintenance program to prevent such issues.
In this post, roof storm damage expert US Roofing enumerates the issues that typically plague flat roofs.
This typically occurs when the asphalt in your flat roof has aged and lost its elasticity. It tends to form cracks or bubbles, which then produce the alligator skin-like texture of the roof. Alligatoring is usually beyond repair, so it would be best to consider roof replacement.
Moisture problems are prevalent in other roof systems, but flat roofs can be particularly susceptible to these. That said, you should conduct roof inspections and maintenance on a regular basis to ensure that there are no leaks in your roofing. Often the best way to beat leaks is to detect them early and to act quickly. Never delay repairs as these can easily progress into a more extensive damage.
Ponding, or pooling, is a common headache in flat roofs. Since their surface is virtually flat, it is important to maintain the efficiency of the roof’s drainage system. Ensure that rainwater can easily drain so that pools of water won’t be able to form on the roof and moisture won’t seep into the inner layers of the roofing system. Moreover, make sure that the water won’t linger for over 48 hours on your roof so as to prevent the risk of premature deterioration.
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