Flat roof repairs don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Often, costly flat roof repairs can be avoided with regular inspections and maintenance.
What are my flat roof repair options
Your flat roof repair options depend upon the membrane you have. If we are patching a flat roof, we use the original material. For example, if we’re repairing an EPDM roof, we would use EPDM to patch it.
How much does it cost
Generally speaking, flat roofs cost less to repair than sloped roofs. Costs vary widely based on original material and the scope of the damage and repairs required. For a free inspection and estimate, contact us.
How often should a flat roof be inspected or maintained
You should have your roof inspected about every 2 to 3 years. Don’t wait until your roof is leaking to have it inspected. If a potential problem is caught before it becomes serious, such as a leak, you will save yourself a lot of money and headache.
Things we look for when inspecting a flat roof
Water pooling is a sign of a low spot. Pooling water can prematurely shorten the lifespan of the roofing membrane.
How do you remove standing water?
To remove standing water on a flat roof, you can use a floor squeegee or a wet/dry vac. Either are available at your local hardware store.
Deteriorating seals, often caused by improper installation, or pooling water or debris, is a common source of leaks.
Unsealed seams can be avoided with proper installation. When a seam is not sealed properly, water can easily pass through and wreak havoc in many ways.
Mold or mildew
Any roof with drainage problems, or that’s left with decaying leaves or debris on them, is a prime breading ground for mold or mildew. Mold and mildew will prematurely shorten the lifespan of any roof by breaking down the material.
Leaves or debris piling-up
Dry leaves by themselves, resting on your roof, isn’t a problem. Often the wind will blow them away. It’s when they get wet and sit for extended periods that cause problems. Wet leaves or other debris, sitting for extended periods create a breading ground for mold and mildew. As mentioned above, your flat roof won’t last as long, as a result.
Even brand spanking new roofs can get punctured. And when they do, they need to be repaired right away. Punctures can happen from such things as fallen debris such as tree branches, walking on the roof, and hail. Punctured roofing material, such as your flat roofing membrane or even shingles, opens the door to water, insects, and other pests to wreak havoc on your roof. This, of course, will lead to costly repairs.
Clogged drains or gutters
Even if you don’t have any low spots on your flat roof, a clogged drain can lead to pooling water. If your gutters can’t let water pass through, the water builds-up and backs-up and water could pool on your roof. As mentioned above, pooling water can lead to other, costly problems.
How to find where a flat roof is leaking
One common sign your roof is leaking is a stain on your ceiling. Keep in mind that the water’s actual point of entry on your roof might not necessarily be straight above this stain, but it’s a good starting point. From below this stain, measure the distance to this stain from two adjoining walls. Then go to your roof, and measure from the same points from those same walls, and in the same direction. Where those points meet, start looking for punctures or cracks or unsealed seams. Of course, you can always contact us for a free inspection 🙂
How do you stop a leak
You should really hire a flat roofing professional to inspect your roof, find the leak, and determine the best course of action to stop it. The sub-roof also needs to be inspected to make sure it hasn’t been damaged by the leak. What’s more, if your roof is under warranty, and you attempt the repair yourself, you might void your warranty. If we installed your flat roof, we offer a 5-year workmanship guarantee.
A costly flat roof repair can be avoided with regular inspections and maintenance. If you are too busy to inspect your flat roof yourself, give us a call and we will inspect your roof free of charge. Additionally, we will offer a free estimate should we find anything wrong. And if we find nothing wrong, we’ll let you know that, too. 🙂