Flat roofs have numerous advantages. They are stylish and can be a space you can convert for numerous other uses. These aside, flat roofs are much safer to be on than sloped ones, more so when you use a guardrail system to minimize or eliminate hazards.
However, these advantages do not come without some work. Flat roofs might require some extra effort to keep them in good shape and well maintained. Here, learn five maintenance tips to help you achieve this.
Have It Inspected Periodically
Many business owners and homeowners fail to have regular checks on their roofs, which is problematic. Regular checks ensure budding problems are caught and repaired before they snowball into more significant and often more expensive problems.
A flat roof should be inspected at least thrice a year, more often if there are trees near it. Schedule these checks after a snowfall and heavy rainfall, as these can damage the roof. Keep an eye out for cracks, pooling water, blisters, and anything that’s out of the ordinary.
Keep It Clean
Flat roofs take more debris than sloped ones that might allow dirt and debris to roll off or be washed off when it rains. Ensure to clear your roof of all debris, leaves, and dirt before and after every winter.
Luckily, flat roofs are easier to be on than slanted ones, and cleaning them will not always require specialized help or equipment. Clean the draining system as well to ensure it expels water as it should. If they are clogged and don’t do this, not only do you get pools, but the standing water places unnecessary weight on the roof.
Trim Back Trees
Trees that are too close to your roof will drop leaves on them, preserve moisture on the surface of the roof and rub and scrape your roof.
Trees can also encourage moss to grow and spread on your roof. If you have large trees that grow too close, ensure to trim them back occasionally to protect the roof.
Manage Leaks Promptly
Leaks will typically be around seams and flashing. If your roof has a leak or a crack anywhere, get in the professionals right away.
Leaks never go away on their own and get more serious, causing more damage the longer they remain there. These should be taken care of immediately as they can also damage the building’s structure, not just the roofing.
Keep an Eye on the Weight
Generally, flat roofs are built sturdy enough to withstand the necessary weight and elements of a particular location. It’s therefore very rare for a roof to collapse from excessive weight. Either way, find out from the installers how much weight it can handle and keep the limits.
A properly installed flat roof can serve you for decades with proper maintenance. Use these tips as pointers to get you on the right track.