How To Prevent Common Flat Roof Problems

Mar 26, 2022Blog, Flat Roofing, Roof Coating

Flat roofing systems are commonplace among Denver businesses. They’re cheaper to install, have less risk than a sloped roof, and require little upkeep or maintenance. However, even the best flat roofs come with some drawbacks.

Flat roofs are prone to collecting water and debris. They are vulnerable to wind, leaks, and buckling. They can even do something called “alligatoring,” where the roof begins to crack and bubble in a way that resembles alligator skin. Here are four proactive remedies to ensure these problems don’t happen to your rooftop.

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Perform Regular Maintenance

Going to the rooftop and cleaning it off can be tiresome, but it can pay dividends in the future. Sweeping away debris will prevent potential rot and clog formation. It also means your roof’s drainage system can get water where it needs to go.

If there are overhanging trees, make sure to snip those branches too. In the immediate future, this measure reduces the number of branches, twigs, leaves, and nuts that end up on the roof. Over the long term, though, it can prevent more significant damage from branches falling during storms.

PVC Prevents Ponding Problems

“Ponding water” refers to water that collects on your roof after rainfall. These impromptu ponds can be problematic and eat away at your roofing material. Single-ply membranes are particularly vulnerable because they offer the least protection.

Using a PCV membrane can eliminate any potential deterioration. The material is easy to use, install and lasts for more than 30 years.

Waterproof Your Roof

Waterproofing is one of the essential features of a long-lasting and well-maintained rooftop. It seals the porous roofing materials and minimizes the chances for mold, mildew, or moisture damage. However, waterproofing is a little more complicated than merely slapping on a coat of sealant and letting it set.

For starters, the roof must be clear of any debris. The worst thing you can do is trap material to your roof that causes deterioration. Then, after a series of inspections and careful product selection, several layers of uniform sealant are placed on the roof’s surface. Finally, the waterproofing is checked for cracks or holes at least twice each year.

Add A Protective Roof Coating

An effective flat roof coating can ensure that your roof lasts another 10-15 years without needing to be replaced. It prevents leaks, can be applied quickly, and gives you the longevity you need at a much lower cost than replacing the entire roof. There are several types of roof coatings that provide particular benefits to flat roofs. They include asphalt, acrylic, polyureas, silicone, and urethanes.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to maintaining a good rooftop, the best thing home and business owners can do is be proactive. If you notice ponding or cracks, take action immediately instead of worsening the problem. The minimal time you spend dealing with the issue now will save you infinitely more time later.

Call Denver Roof Coating today if your flat rooftop is looking a little worse for wear and can do with a new protective coating!