If you have a flat roof, then you know that it can be a challenge to keep it in good condition. Flat roofs are susceptible to leaks and other damage, which can lead to costly repairs. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common roof repairs for flat roofs, as well as how to prevent them from happening in the first place.
Flat roof pain points
Water pooling: A flat roof should always have a mild incline to prevent water from pooling on the surface, or rainwater can accumulate in various places causing leaks and other problems later down the line. Make sure there is no debris, such as branches or leaves blocking the drainage points.
Shrinkage: EDPM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) is a common material used as a protective coating, but it’s prone to shrinking, especially around the edges. This will stretch out the seams, which will start to loosen, and moisture can get in more easily. As long as the shrinkage is minimal, the repairs are pretty straightforward.
Cracks and blistering: When moisture gets trapped between the roof and membrane, this can lead to blistering. Cracked blisters leave the roof exposed and vulnerable to the elements.
By far the best way to avoid any costly roof repairs is by performing regular preventative maintenance on your flat roof. It’s important to check your roof twice a year, once in the summer and again before winter, including checking for damage or leaks on a regular basis, cleaning out gutters and drains, and applying sealant or other weatherproofing materials as needed. By taking these simple steps, you can help to extend the life of your roof and avoid any nasty surprises down the road!
Small roof repairs
Depending on the material of your flat rood, small cracks and gaps can be fixed by using a waterproof repair solution, roof cement, tar paper or replacement patches among others. If the leaks are bad, you could lay a temporary tarp on your roof, to protect your home from further damage. Larger holes may require professional help.
If you’re looking for a reputable roofing contractor to help you with your repairs, be sure to do your research first! There are many qualified contractors who can help you with everything from small repairs to full-scale replacements, so it’s important that you find one who is licensed and insured in your area.
LC Joinery carry out flat roof repairs in Fife and across central Scotland. All our work is guaranteed, and we are a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, the Federation of Master Builders, the Construction Skills Certificate Scheme, and is a Which? Trusted Trader and a licensed asbestos removal contractor. Check out our qualifications here.
Call LC Joinery at 01592 747 047 or email us at email@example.com.