Commercial flat roof- maintenance
Flat roofs are not just more affordable, but are very durable as well. Some assessors say that flat roofs can last from ten to thirty years. However, with a lack of maintenance, minor leaks in flat roofs may lead to major damages that can cost a building owner a lot of money.
Most of the time, the failure of flat roofs often start with events that may cause the gravel to move or be removed from the tar or tar paper. This exposes the roof to the sun and different weather conditions, which then causes blistering and cracking. Water eventually finds a way in and causes even more damage to the roof.
If a leak occurs, the damage usually goes unnoticed at first. Water, then, penetrates and soaks the decking and insulation as well as other structures beneath it. This weakens the roof structure, which means an expensive repair for roof damage. More than costly repairs, this also posts a number of health risks due to mould spores to those who frequent the building.
The best way to take care of a flat roof is to use quality materials and to keep it well-maintained. Buildings that are going to make use of flat roofing are recommended to use single, large factory-made sheets like EPDM synthetic rubber, which offer excellent quality. Normally, though, strips of EPDM, PVC, or tar paper are just bonded together. If this is the case, skillful labor and training is important to get high quality roof protection.
It is also important to note that flat roofs are sensitive to human traffic. When people worked on the flat roof, be sure to have a professional roofer check the roof after the job to make sure that punctures were not made and the roof is still watertight.
When taking care of a flat roof, the bottomline is to keep use quality materials when having it built and to keep it well-maintained.