Do you have a flat roof on your home? If so, you may love all of the benefits that it provides. It can be a way to move HVAC equipment off the ground and out of sight, while also making it easier to maintain the roof since you're standing on a solid surface. However, it helps to be aware of the signs that your flat roof is in need of repair. Here are a few things you should look out for.
Even though it is a called a flat roof, it's not entirely flat. A flat roof should have a slight slope on it so that water can easily drain off the surface and into a nearby downspout. That is why it should be concerning if you see water pooling on the surface of the flat roof. This mean that there's a low spot on the roof where water is collecting, and it can cause the roofing material to breakdown over time.
If you do not see issues with water pooling on your roof right after it rains, look for the signs that water has been pooling in places. You can usually see water rings on the surface where the water slowly evaporated after each day. These spots should be a reason of concern, and have a roofer fix them as quickly as they can.
There are many metal aspects of a roof that are made of metal, and they can corrode over the years and require replacement. You may have metal flashing that surrounds each item that sticks out from a roof, such as a chimney or exhaust pipe. While metal flashing can be easily replaced, it is quite difficult to spot corroded flashing unless you get a close look at the material. Some problems, such as loose flashing, can be solved with some roofing cement to stick it back in place. Other elements with corrosion may require removing the entire section of flashing.
Sometimes you can have issues where pockets of air get underneath the roofing material, which create a blister appearance as the roofing material is raised off the ground. Not taking care of these roof blisters can cause the material to rip or tear apart, which will allow water to get into your roof deck. Have these blisters fixed immediately to avoid a potential problem.
These are only a few issues that can affect your flat roof. For more warning signs, speak to a local roofing repair contractor.
Do you know how to tell if you have problems with your flashing, loose shingles, or damaged tar pitch? Well, I didn't either until I experienced some of those issues on my own. One day, I realized that my roof was leaking and that I needed to find a solution fast. After contacting a professional roofing company, they were able to solve my troubles and teach me the signs of trouble. I want you to avoid the same types of hassles, which is why my blog is filled to the brim with information about roofing and home ownership. You never know, these tips could really come in handy!