Solving Flat Roofing Problems

Flat roofing systems have an average lifespan of up to 20 years or more as long as the right care, maintenance programs, and the occasional roof repair projects are completed before problems are allowed to get worse. While the name “flat roof” is a misstatement, a flat roof does have a predetermined slope that allows water to drain off to the proper location. Because a flat roof is inherently level, it often ends up being an area where foot traffic is more common than on a conventionally sloped roof. In order to find affordable and professional solutions to these problems you can visit www.rooferinct.net, where you will get the necessary help along with recommendations that you follow to avoid such problems in the future. 

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When too much foot traffic occurs on flat roofing decks, the inevitable roof leak is bound to happen long before the age of the roof requires a roof replacement. Other damages from natural wear and tear, old age and storm damages can shrink the lifespan of a flat roof considerably. Use this guide to flat roof problems so that you can quickly spot flat roof problems before they have a chance to get worse.

Puddles– While a flat roof may appear to be flat; it is gently sloped to permit water to reach drainage channels. When puddles form on flat roof decks, water can easily decay and corrode the protective membrane on a flat roof deck. Pooling water may be a sign that other flat roofing problems lie in wait below the roof deck.  

Blisters– This flat roofing problem can lead to severe roofing leaks. Blisters can easily be fixed by professional roofers with just a few materials and in just a few hours. When blisters on flat roof decks occur, don’t wait before they cause serious damages to your flat roof. Have them repaired immediately to prevent expensive roof repair or replacement costs.   

Flashings– Metal flashing is used on every flat roof deck to prevent water from entering through the corners and edges of roofing materials. If any rust or other signs of metallic corrosion are evident, call a licensed and insured roofer to inspect your flat roof deck as soon as possible.   

Cracks– When cracks or “alligatoring” appear in flat roofing materials, it may be a sign that your flat roof deck needs to be replaced-or maybe not. Cracks can be cause for serious concerns as these may sometimes be a sign that you need a complete flat roof replacement and not a simpler repair. Don’t give in to the temptation to fill in cracks with tar. This is a temporary solution at best and should be repaired professionally by licensed and insured roofers who have plenty of experience with handling flat roof cracks.