About Flat Roofs
Some flat roofs are, in fact, flat, but others have a pitch to let water drain into downspouts to run to the ground. The slope is determined by the insulation that lies below the outer layer of the roof and the building. This insulation is made of a congealed foam material. Shingles are attached to the insulation with metal fasteners or glue.
Flat roofs have four areas that are not sealed:
Air conditioning units, if present, Vents, Access Panels & Parapets.
Common Problems for Flat Roofs:
Flat Roof Repair
If the flat roof is already leaking, cost of replacing a flat roof will be very high, but you can repair your flat roof, and extend its service life substantially, at a relatively low price tag. Some flat roofs can be repaired, and some cannot, due to various factors, and sometimes a full roof replacement may be necessary and preferable.
Most rubber roofs can be easily repaired, as with rubber roof, you don not have to work around gravel that embedded itself into the roof, such as the case with tar & gravel roofing. With relatively inexpensive flashing materials and accessories.
Caring For A Flat Roof
Your roofer should schedule inspections to make sure the roof is not leaking and fix potential problems. The length of time your roofer will inspect your roof varies between contractors. After it has expired, you will be responsible for these inspections.
If you purchased a building or home with a flat room, have it inspected as soon as you can. You should also have your roof inspected every five years to look for problems.
Some things you can inspect yourself are:
Make sure drains are not clogged with debris.
Remove any debris from the roof’s surface and look for seams where water may leak into the building.
Inspect flashing around any holes in the roof and make sure caulking is not dried.
Look for holes or indentations. Trim trees and limbs that are hanging over the roof to prevent damage. Plan to inspect your roof yourself or have a roofing contractor inspect it once a year. Doing these steps will protect your warranty and help your roof last longer.
This article by Pat from www.allarearoofing.com
Low slope roofing includes water impermeable, or weatherproof, types of roof membranes installed on slopes less than or equal to 3:12 (14 degrees.
There are five generic classifications of low slope roof membranes or systems. Click on a roof system for more information.
This information from http://www.everybodyneedsaroof.com/roof-system-types
Flat Roof Repairs
Flat roofing takes a beating compared to steep-sloped roofs. Why? Because rainwater, snow, hail and tree debris doesn’t slide off the roof – a flat roof takes the full brunt of what weather has to offer. Standing water is a major concern on flat roofs, and it’s something that should be addressed right away when noticed.
Flat roof repairs on EPDM, TPO and PVC membrane roofs are relatively easy and inexpensive. An experienced flat roof repair contractor can apply watertight patching to EPDM roofs. TPO/PVC roof cracks and small punctures may be able to be head-welded to repair the damage.
A poorly installed flat roof is prone to leaking caused by water ponding, cracking and blistering. Flat roof leaks are repairable when detected early. Small cracks, standing water and blisters should be repaired immediately to prevent major leaks and damage to the roof’s substructure.
Basic roof maintenance can help avoid roof repairs altogether. Keep the roof clean of heavy snow, tree limbs, pine needles, bird dropping and standing water. Follow the roofing contractor’s recommended maintenance plan to maximize the life of the roof.
This information from : http://www.hometownroofingcontractors.com
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