How to Maintain Your Business’s Flat Roof

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When you own your own business, you have to be willing to do anything to protect that investment. When your business’s building needs repair, leap into action immediately before a small problem becomes a BIG one! If your business has a flat roof, here’s how you can maintain it.

Routine Inspections
In order to make sure that your roof is in proper working order, you’re going to want to inspect it a few times per year. With each change of the season, head up to your roof and look it over. Look for any holes, bubbling, tears, missing materials, and make sure the flashing is still secure and in place. Be sure to also inspect your roof after any major storm with heavy precipitation and wind.

Removing Blisters
If moisture sneaks beneath the roofing materials it will cause roof blisters. When this happens:

  1. Grab a utility knife and cut it down the middle so the moisture can escape.
  2. Once you allow it to dry out, begin filling the empty space with roofing cement. Begin nailing the slit shut on both sides with roofing nails. Then fill the slit back up with more roofing cement.
  3. Take your patch that’s made from your current roof’s material, and cut it so that it’s a few inches larger than the damaged area. Nail the patch down and fill the edges with more roofing cement for a secure patch.

Stopping Leaks
Many flat roofs utilize felt and tar, so if you have a leak there is an easy way to fix a leak. Remove any gravel from the area where the leak is and proceed to apply a new layer of roof tar. Once the tar has been applied, place the gravel back in its original spot before the tar dries. Finding the exact location of the leak can be difficult, so if you’re having trouble just apply fresh tar to a larger area of where the suspected leak might be.

By maintaining your flat roof, you’re not only protecting your building but also your business as a whole. If you want nothing but the best for your business, have the expert installers at Preferred Exterior handle all of your roofing repairs. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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