Problems With Flat Roofs-- And How To Avoid Them

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Flat roofs are great for saving on your budget and maximizing your space, but they're not without their share of problems. Your roofer can help you to avoid some of these common problems with flat roofs, but here are some ideas on how to protect the roof yourself. 

Leaks

Your flat roof might experience leaks if you live in an area that's prone to rain. And since twigs can easily sit on your roof and scratch the surface, you may need to be on alert for roof damage if you've had may leafs and twigs fall from your trees. While you may not be able to prevent all leaks, you can delay them by checking regularly for cracks in your roof and repairing them with an epoxy solution. 

Water Pools

Features such as roof drains and durable materials can help to prevent water from pooling on your roof and causing decay or roof buckling. Materials such as PVC are great for waterproofing. 

Blow Offs

One problem with flat roofs can occur when part of the roof blows off in strong inclement weather. Part of maintaining a flat roof is checking to make sure there is no surface damage after a major storm or burst of strong wind. Fortunately, it's easy to climb up and check for blow offs yourself, and a roofer can easily replace parts of the torn materials. 

Material Deterioration

Over time, debris left on the roof can cause the material to decay. While the curve of a sloped roof is a natural relief for debris, you may have to do a little more maintenance to keep your flat roof clear. Be sure to sweep leaves and other particles off your roof on a regular basis using a leaf blower or a soft broom. Avoid metal rakes that could scratch the surface. 

Shrinkage

Depending on the material of your roof, you may also experience problems with shrinkage over time. Rubber roofs are notorious for shrinking over time as the sun wears at the material. Be sure that you or an inspector looks for signs of roof shrinkage and creates patches for your flat roof. This can relieve the tension that builds up with the material is overstretched. 

Flat roofs are susceptible to a few common problems, but many of these issues can be prevented or delayed with regular maintenance. Make sure that your roofer does regular inspections to guarantee the health of your flat roof. 

For professional roof inspections, contact a company such as Quinn Roofing Solutions Inc.

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8 October 2015

The Benefits of a Flat Roof

My name is Janet, and I am a professional architect and interior designer. While I love to design and decorate homes, I have recently developed another passion. I have fallen in love with the flat roof. Most people only see flat roofs in tall buildings in urban areas, but suburban homes can have them too. You can have a roof with a living space, a garden or even a pool. You simply need to design it so that water is adequately drained, and you can enjoy your roof almost as if it were an extra room. Explore the possibilities of flat roofs with me.