A leaky roof is never fun, but when you have a flat roof, diagnosing and tracking down the leak can become even more tricky. This is because once water penetrates the membrane it can travel a long ways horizontally before it seeps into the home. It’ll often take your expert roofer both a visual examination and the help of a moisture-metre to find the leak. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help keep your flat roof in excellent shape!
Keep an Eye on Weak Spots.
On any roof, flat or conventional, there will be places where vents or skylights pass through the membrane and create a weakness in the roof. For flat roofs, weaknesses typically include any penetrations, the roof drain, seams in the membrane, and any mechanical damage. Having an annual inspection will help to make sure problems are caught before they become serious, and regular maintenance will extend the life of your roof. A well maintained roof can last 20-30 years, so being proactive often pays in the long run.
Staying on Top of Maintenance.
Your flat roof is your new, private retreat, and that’s great! However, there’s some important maintenance involved in keeping your oasis stress-free and relaxing! Most importantly, scruppers and drains need to be kept clear of debris. Branches, leaves, and litter will prevent water from draining off the roof and that will increase your risk for leaks. Also keep an eye on your trees. If they have branches overhanging your roof, you may want to prune the tree back. It’ll reduce the number of leaves on your roof and prevent branches from scraping the membrane.
Keeping your roof in excellent condition doesn’t take a lot of work, but regular maintenance and inspections are an important part of making sure your roof lasts a long time. Take a look at your drains once a month (maybe more often in autumn), and make sure they aren’t clogged up. If you see a crack or puncture in the membrane, call in your local flat roofing expert — and that’s it! If your flat roof needs some help or you’ve sprung a leak, contact the roofing experts at Vanderleek Roofing today!