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Flat Roofing

Common flat roofing issues

The following five issues tend to crop up with flat roofs leading to repairs or replacement

Membrane Issues

Flat roofs usually have a surface that is covered by an asphalt membrane. This membrane will start out flat. However, over time, it may buckle if the structure shifts, which can happen naturally. Older buildings are particularly vulnerable, as they will have had more time to experience shifting. Buckling calls for a prompt inspection and often necessitates repairs.

Pooling Water

Because they don’t slope, flat roofs can collect water, especially if they develop dips or an uneven surface. Therefore, you should always check your flat roof after heavy rains and storms. Take special note of any spots that do not seem to be draining within a day.

Leaks in the Roof

Leaks are another water-related issue that may strike a flat roof. Obviously, a severe leak will cause immediately noticeable water damage. But even a slow one can cause issues. Mold, for instance, feeds on moisture and warmth. Therefore, if you notice any signs of a leak, contact a professional to have the problem taken care of immediately.

Damage to the Flashing

The flashing on a roof helps to direct water away from certain parts of a roof, especially the corners. Over time, exposure to the weather and temperature fluctuations can cause flashing to wear out and peel off.  

Roof Alligatoring

While an alligator may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about it is indeed a problem that can strike flat roofs. Alligatoring refers to cracking and bubbling that can occur as a flat roof becomes older and experiences damage from 

pressure and the sun. Should the deterioration progress to a certain point, the roof will need to be replaced.

Should your flat roof be experiencing as of these issues call us today for a free estimate!

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