For those who don’t know, the slope of a roof is known as a pitch. When the pitch of a roof is less than 10 degrees it is called a flat roof. This type of roof is different from that of a sloped roof, not only because of the pitch, but because of the type of maintenance it will need. By maintaining your flat roof you can help make it last longer.
Ponding Water – Since the pitch on a flat roof is minimal, there will be no way for excess water to escape or channel elsewhere. When water begins to pool on your roof it is commonly referred to as ponding. In order to avoid this, you can have tapered insulation installed to create positive drainage on your flat roof.
Eliminating Snow – The Northeast always has a significant amount of snowfall each year. Too much snow on a flat roof can put it at risk for collapsing. If snow accumulates to more than one foot, find a way to have the snow removed. Be sure to take the proper safety precautions when removing snow from your roof, or call a professional to do it for you.
Look Out for Openings – Once a flat roof is exposed to ponding, whether it is from rain or snow, it can begin to crack and split open. Any openings in your roof can compromise the roof’s structure and ability to protect your home from leaks and the outside temperatures. If there are no cracks or holes yet, feel around for soft spots that could potentially turn into openings.
Inspect the Supporting Materials – A team is only as good as its worst player. The same goes for roofing systems and their supporting materials. Check the fasteners, nails, plates, and anchors, making sure that they are secured and not in bad condition.
Flat roofs are common for many business and commercial buildings. By maintaining your flat roof, you’re protecting your investment and lengthening its lifespan. If your flat roof needs repair or you would like it to be re-done, give Preferred Exterior a ring. Our GAF Master Elite installers will have your roof looking brand new before you know it! To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.