5 Challenges With Flat Roofing
Flat roofs are uncommon on residential houses, because they are known to be more troublesome than other traditional roof shapes. Here is a brief list some of the most common challenges with flat roofing.
Flat roofs are more susceptible to leaks and moisture when exposed to regular rain. Depending on the type of roof you have, you might also be susceptible to ‘ponding’ occurring on top of your roof. This can causes lots of single-ply membranes to deteriorate. The only way to protect yourself against these problems is to arrange regular inspections and maintenance.
Punctures, often caused by a debris blown in high winds, can also cause leak points. With a regular inspection, a roofer can spot puncture early before serious problems occur.
Over time, flat rubber roofs can be prone to shrinkage, which make the seams being to pull apart, creating even more opportunity for leaks. Regular inspections are required to spot the early signs of this and patch up leaks.
With a flat roof, it is relatively common for the roofing membrane to deteriorate and bubble, resembling alligator skin. In this case, it’s likely the roof will need completely replacing.
If you’re having a flat roof installed or repaired, be sure to hire a trusted professional to complete the job. Poor workmanship can regularly result in major problems like blow-offs and tenting, as well as major leaks stemming from a failure to spot smaller maintenance issues.
Be sure to choose your installer based on quality, not price. If possible, choose a professional that has already down a great job for a friend or family member. Referrals are one of the most reliable ways to get a trusted roofer. It’s even better if they can demonstrate lots of experience working with flat roofs.