Most flat roofs are designed in a way that, unfortunately, leaks are a very common problem, even when routine maintenance is preformed. Standing water on the roof that is there for more than 48 hours is one of the top reason for these leaks.
Figuring out what plan of action best suites your needs may not be that easy...
The first question you should be asking is: should the roof be repaired or replaced?
The easiest way to determine would be to contact your local flat roof specialist, like Washington DC based Boyd Construction Co Inc...and set up a time for a representative/contractor to come out and perform an evaluation and assessment of your roof of your roof.
Do an Assessment First
Make sure that you hire a FLAT ROOFING EXPERT, because a general contractor or a residential (asphalt shingles roofer) will not know all the nitty-gritty details and complexities of flat roofing, and therefore will not give you accurate advice. Your roofer should have knowledge, experience and equipment for flat roofing.
Common Flat Roofing ProblemsMost flat roofs leak at seams or flashings, and leaks are often due to ponding water. This is water that puddles on your roof for more than 48 hours, after the most recent rain. Other common leaks come from roof drains, chimneys, skylights, parapets and other penetrations. It is very rare to have leaks due to a puncture.
Roof ReplacementJust because your roof has had a few leaks does not necessarily mean it should be replaced. Replacing a roof is a costly and time consuming option, and it should really be your last resort.
So when should you consider replacing your flat roof?
There are really only two situations that warrant roof replacement. The first is when the original material installed has reached the end of its service life. Depending on the flat roof you have, this life-cycle may vary from as little as 5 years (Rolled Asphalt), 7-10 years (EPDM rubber) to as long as 30 plus years (PVC membrane).
The second situation (which unfortunately happens quite often) is when the original roof has not been properly installed, and as a result has been having on-going problems, including leaks.
Roof RepairIf you have a roof system that has been properly installed and maintained on a regular basis, and it started to leak, your best solution is to repair it.
Regular Maintenance is KEYWhether you have just replaced or repaired your roof, regular maintenance is the key to its longevity. Even the best, most expensive materials will not achieve optimal performance without proper care. Maintenance only takes a few easy steps:
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