Despite advances in engineering, construction knowledge and experience, many homeowners still have issues with their flat roof. Regular maintenance can often remedy the issues associated with flat roofs. The way homeowners use their roofs along with the design and construction all impact the problems many have.
Due to the nature of the roof being flat, many homeowners often mistakenly believe that housing air conditioning equipment, televisions antennas and the like may be housed on their roofs. Unfortunately, these additional items bring their own varying weights and effects on the load of the roof which can lead to leaks and lack of stability.
Roofs must be insulated to block hot and cold air from leaking into the home to prevent the HVAC system from working harder than it needs to. A flat roof needs a good waterproofing membrane to seal out unwanted moisture from reaching the inside of the home. Moisture can wreak havoc on not only the roof’s stability but can cause mold and other issues inside the home.
Weather phenomena take a toll on your roof regardless of the slope. UV light, snow, rain, heat and cold all can impact the stability of the roof and deteriorate the waterproof membrane. Common indicators of roofing issues include fungus, leaks and roof moisture which can destroy the roof, flashings, membrane, downspouts and gutters.
Roofs should be made from durable materials that can last roughly 15-20 years after installation. Proper waterproofing and insulation keep the home cool, warm and dry regardless of the weather conditions outside. Using proper equipment when installing the roof can aid in reducing future problems.
Extend the life of your flat roof with regular maintenance and inspections of the roof and the foundation of your home. Proper waterproofing adds an additional layer of protection. Problems spotted early can increase the life of the roof and lessen the cost for repairs.