Compared to residential roofs, flat roofing systems are a bit harder to maintain and keep in top form. This is because they’re more susceptible to various forms of damage, especially moisture damage due to their lack of slope. With that in mind, as a homeowner, it’s in your best interest to learn as much as you can about the problems that often plague flat roofs.
In this post, Patriot Roofing LLC discusses the usual issues that you’ll see in flat roofs and how you can fix them.
Alligatoring is a phenomenon in which the asphalt of your flat roof has aged significantly and lost its elasticity . It is usually characterized by cracks and bubbles on the roof. Once this happens, it means your flat roof is severely deteriorated and unfortunately, there’s no fix for this issue. At this point, the only solution you have is to replace the roof entirely.
As stated before, flat roofs lack the slope that will allow water to be shed. This makes your roof more susceptible pooling water from melted snow or rainwater. If the pooled water isn’t removed from your roof immediately, they can seep into the lower layers of your roof or deteriorate its exterior and shorten its lifespan. If you’re uncertain how to do this, consider asking a roof repair professional for advice.
Leaks and Moisture
Leaks and moisture are another common issue that can plague your flat roof. However, they’re also the ones that can be dealt with immediately and effectively so long as you pay enough attention to your roof. To prevent moisture from becoming a major issue that can lead to mold and fungus in your home, have the roof inspected regularly and repaired as soon as the roofer finds an issue.
On the other hand, since flat roofs are flat instead of slanted, they tend to have more pressure exerted upon them. Eventually this pressure can build up and cause excessive stress that can lead to a crack in the roof. Once this happens, call a roofer as soon as possible as this means your roof’s structure is compromised and will need a replacement immediately.
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