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4 Signs you need a Flat Roof Repair

Posted on 17 April 2018 by admin (0)

Despite being one of the most important and valuable parts of a house, the roof is often neglected and ignored until when a serious problem is discovered.

As a homeowner, you should realize that this is the part that protects your family, valuables, possessions, and the entire property from the elements. You should keep up with regular maintenance and inspect your commercial or residential flat roof so you can determine potential problems and fix them.

It’s important to know how to identify or rather spot different problems that are likely to occur on your flat roof over time. This will help you know when to contact a roofing contractor to help make the necessary repairs. Be sure to hire a roofing contractor who’s not only licensed and insured but is up to date with the new codes in your local area. If you see any of the following five signs on your flat roof, it’s time to contact a trusted roofing professional for repairs.

Extensive Pooling of Water

One of the issues you’ll face with your flat roof is pooling of water. The fact that you have a flat roof doesn’t mean it is okay when water pools on it. Any signs of water pooling on your roof, at least on a regular basis, should alert you to have it checked and repaired.

At times, the solution to this problem could be to have your roof replaced. However, a professional roofer can use some specialized products to add a pitch to your commercial or residential flat roof to stop water from pooling. The extent of damage is what determines whether to repair or replace the roof.

Rips and Tears in the Roofing Material and/or seams

Tears and holes are common on flat roofs. You’ll notice this problem along seams in your roofing, especially where pieces of roofing materials were joined together.

Whether to replace the entire flat roof or repair it depends on the extent of the damage. Large, extensive rips and tears may require replacing the entire roof while a slight damage may only require repair.

Decaying Underlay

If your underlay is worn out, the only way to fix it is to have it replaced. Remember the underlay works together with the tiles to protect your structure by preventing water from seeping into your home.

While a tear in your roof’s underlay can be easy to fix, a decayed or worn out underlay needs replacing. Well, you may need to install a new roof when replacing the underlay since you must remove the tiles first.

Mold Growth

Mold grows and thrives in moist and dark environments. In most cases, mold will grow on your flat roof as a result of pooling. If you notice large amounts of mold on the outside of your commercial or residential flat roof, it’s time to have your roof treated using the right chemicals.

This may also mean fixing the pooling problem so water can flow off your roof. If not fixed, the mold can force the tiles apart thereby causing water to leak into your house.

Other signs include a leaking flat roof, tears in the membrane, broken shingles, and blisters on the surface of your roof (for a tar and gravel roof). Don’t ignore a simple flat roof repair as it may get out of hand and lead to a complete roof replacement.