4 Flat Roof Maintenance Tips
The Bay Area is home to countless flat roofed homes, some have grand roof decks, some are home to lovely gardens and others serve the basic purpose of keeping your home protected from the elements. Regardless of how they're utilized, Proper maintenance is crucial to the longevity of your flat roofs lifespan.
Below are 4 ways to take action and aide in the maintenance of your flat roof!
Each roof requires regular inspections and maintenance to ensure that the roof is ready to stand up to whatever mother nature throws at it. These inspections are suggested to be done in Fall to make sure the Summer heat hasn’t wreaked havoc and in Spring to check up after the brutal frigidity of Winter. Once or twice a year, it’s a good idea to call a professional roofing contractor like C&J Roofing Co., Inc. or get up on the roof (safely of coarse!) and take a look around for any damage or areas of concern. If you have some type of PVC or Rubber roofing, look at the seams, make sure they’re all sealed tight and not lifting or blistering, if you have a T&G roof, check for areas of ponding water, cracking or blistering. No matter the material check the areas around roof vents, make sure they aren’t broken or rusted. If you see any of these warning signs, call in a professional right away to make repairs
Flat roofs collect more debris than a pinched roof, therefore, this debris must be removed by hand in order to ensure the integrity of the roof itself. Collected debris is an excellent home for moisture to catch and algae to grow, which if not removed, will eventually breakdown the roofing materials, compromising their water-tight capabilities, leading to leaks. Flat roofs are much easier and safer to walk on, but be cognizant while cleaning. Walking on any roof still carries dangers and if your roof is suffering from water damage, one wrong step can lead to disaster. Tread lightly and sweep debris up and away from your roof.
If you notice discoloration on your ceiling, it’s time to call in the professionals. If water is ponding on your flat roof, theres no time to waste. Ponding water = extra weight and extra weight can put not only your roof, but your entire homes structure at risk. Discoloration of the ceiling in your home or a dripping leak should not be disregarded. Roof neglect will only lead to costly roof and interior repairs that could have been avoided with prompt repair.
Attention to Gutters
While up on the roof, take time to look at your rain gutters -eavestroughs the world over- and check for debris collection. If your home is surrounded by trees, and you’re not making sure to trim them back, theres a good chance their leaves, twigs and debris are collecting in your rain gutters. When gutters are not maintained, they become clogged and fail to whisk water away, leaving only one place to back up onto…your roof. Gutter leaks are a common cause of water infiltration and home damage. If you’re unsure how to clear them out, there are professional gutter cleaning services that can get your gutters back in working order.
No matter what type of roof tops your home, maintenance should never be neglected. Give C&J Roofing Co., Inc. a call today at (650) 583-5998 or request a quote above for more information regarding Annual Inspection costs or inquire about Free Estimates for General Maintenance Repairs.