Is it time for tar roof repair? Here’s how to know for sure.

Whether your roof is made up of asphalt shingles or is a flat roof covered with tar paper and gravel, there will come a time when you need tar roof repair. Depending on the type of roofing, the climate, and the quality of the original work and materials, your roof may last you about 20 years. However, during that period of time, you will need professional maintenance and repair work.

How can you know if it’s time for tar roof repair, and what can you expect from the process? Keep reading to find out what you need to know.

Tar Roof Repair Basics

The first step in the tar roof repair process is to locate the source of the problem. Unfortunately, by the time you realize that there is a problem the damage has been done. The proactive approach is to have a qualified roof inspector come out periodically to take a look at your flat roof and check for potential problems. It’s common to have leaks around areas such as vents, pipes, the edges of the building, and anywhere else there could be separation, degradation, or damage. Examples of this are vent flashing, loose counter flashing, uplifting fasteners, plastic roof boots, and general exposure.

If the roof’s gravel has been disturbed, it could expose roofing material that will eventually degrade due to exposure. These are some common issues that must be addressed by a professional. Patching and reapplication of gravel are often necessary.

Now that you know what’s involved, here are five signs it’s time for tar roof repair for your building:

1. The Roof Is Leaking

Naturally, this is the most obvious sign. However, leaks are not always obvious. A roof can leak for quite some time before you notice it. Periodic checks for telltale signs of water damage should be done. By the time you notice actual water dripping from the ceiling, much of the damage has already been done.

2. Blisters on the Tar Surface

When the membrane begins to separate from the bonding material, the next problem will be tearing. This can happen over time with exposure to the elements. Quick action can prevent leaks and damage.

3. Pooling of Water on the Roof

This can happen if there is improper drainage. Flat roofs are best in a climate that receives minimal rainfall. However, if you have had an especially wet year, you may want to double-check your roof for ponding. If your roof has begun to sag, or if your drainage system is blocked, this can also cause ponding of water on the roof. Over time, this will cause damage to the tar roofing, and lead to leaking.

4. Seams Have Started to Separate

This problem could be a result of poor workmanship or it may happen if the roof is older. Whatever the cause, the issue of separating seams must be addressed by a roofing professional immediately.

5. Gravel Wears Away from the Tar Layer

Regular inspection can catch this before it becomes a problem. However, the fact remains that you may not think of your roof until there is a need for tar roof repair.

If you think there may be a problem with your roof, get in touch with our friendly team of roofing experts at Montgomery Contractors right away; we can perform professional tar roof repair or any other service you need to ensure your commercial roofing is in optimal condition. Schedule regular maintenance to catch potential problems, and make sure employees know to report issues as they arise. Tar roof repair is a normal part of flat tar roofing, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare when it is done right.