Why Is My Flat Roof Leaking?
While a flat roof and a pitched roof will both protect a building from the elements there are some very big differences. At one time only commercial buildings had flat roofs and now they are being seen on residential homes as well. While you may understand the maintenance needed to take care of a pitched roof, caring for a flat roof may be new to you. While flat roofs are good at protecting the building there are a number of situations in which they may begin to leak. While you may take care of your roof and make sure it gets the proper care, nature can cause unexpected damage and may even cause the roof to leak.
Chimney and Exhaust Pipe Issues
Many commercial buildings have chimneys to release the gasses that are produced by their heating system. Exhaust pipes will also allow the gases from the plumbing system to have a place to exit the building. Both of openings mean that there can be weak spots in the flat roof where the pipes exit. There are modular systems that can be used to seal up these openings. There is a boot which will be a direct seal. This seal will last between 20 and 30 years. Tar sealant can also be used to help secure the boot in place. You will still need to have your roof inspected on an annual basis. This will help prevent future problems from arising. If you do not take care of the roof you will not notice the leaks or any issues until it is too late. Older roofs need regular inspections and care as well.
Older Roof Repairs
Flat roofs are almost indestructible. In order for the roof to continue to protect the building, you are going to have to have it maintained on a regular basis. If you do not have your roof inspected and maintained issues with the roof will happen. Once a year gravel is going to need to be spread out. Ice, snow, wind, rain, and other elements will spread the gravel around during the year. The gravel is on the roof to protect it. The roof itself is made from a rubber-like material. It is economically friendly and will last for a long time as long as the roof is properly taken care of. This will help protect your roof and the materials used to make the roof.
There are times when dangerous weather conditions may cause damage to the roof. Large balls of hail or a tree falling on the roof can damage it. In some cases, your insurance company may cover the costs of repairs. If the damage is really bad you may need to have your entire roof replaced. Hopefully, you will never have to deal with this but it may happen. You should build a relationship with a professional roofing service to help maintain your roof. You should consider working with us, because we can provide fast service and great results if your roof needs serious repairs.
Article is courtesy of Roofers North London