Your roof is one of the most important parts of your housing structure: it protects you from the elements, wildlife, and even intruders. Maintaining your roof and ensuring that it is in good standing is important if you want to retain these benefits for many years to come.
Flat roofs, as the name implies, are roofs that do not contain much of an angle or slope; they are generally level with the ground, however, they may have up to a 10-degree angle or “pitch” as those in the roofing business call it. Flat roofs are often used in arid climates; however, they exist worldwide. Flat roofs are found to be particularly useful, as they provide an additional living or human-use space that would not otherwise be available to their residents. Generally people with flat roofs like to have green gardens, barbecues, or patio furniture up there so that they can use and relax in the space. If your building or home has a flat roof, here are some tips for its maintenance that will keep it looking and, more importantly, performing great for years to come.
If you live in a climate such as southern Ontario, which can suffer from severe summertime rainstorms, ensure that your flat roof has drains, scuppers, or automatic siphons that are in good working order and can remove any pooling water. Water adds a great deal of unnecessary weight and stress to your roof, so it is important to remove it as quickly as possible and not allow it to build up. The sooner the water is off your roof, the less chance of leaks.
The best time to consider the issue of pooling water on your roof is during the building design phase, so if you are planning a new build with a flat roof, talk to your designer today about your options. If your roof is already built and you notice any pooling water at all, contact a local roofer and they can discuss your options with you in greater detail. If you live in the greater Toronto region, visit Professionalroofers.com — a quality, five-star, family-run roofing company that services the GTA.
Get into the habit of inspecting your roof regularly, at least after every major storm and semi-annually. It doesn’t take much effort at all to inspect a roof, but if your roof becomes damaged or stops functioning correctly, it can wreak havoc over your house causing leaks, rot, rust and more. If you let a small problem build up, it can become a rather large problem quite quickly. Be on the lookout for sagging in your roof as well as any small creases, indents, or the noticeable separation of layers in your roof that might not already be leaking, but may leak in the future.
If you notice something seems off, but you’re not quite sure what, contact an expert roofer immediately. The roofing expertsat Professional Roofers have a trained eye for spotting roofing problems and they will be able to tell you exactly what is wrong with your roof and what, if anything, needs to be done to fix it. The best roofers will also offer a free estimate and consultation service, so you really have nothing to lose by calling a professional.