You have been putting it off for long enough and after that last round of bad weather, you know that it’s time to do something about the aging roof on your property. You’re not alone, as there are plenty of owners that tend to put off roofing projects until something drastic happens, such as the discovery of a leak and the subsequent water damage. If you’re lucky, you discover water damage immediately, rather than months later when the mold and rot start to show itself in ceilings, walls, or flooring. And you surely don’t want to walk in after a major storm to find out that all of your computer and electronic equipment is ruined.
You Have a Flat Roof That Isn’t Visible, So How Do You Know It Needs Work?
The majority of commercial roofs are flat roof solutions, as are some residential roofs, and have either multiple drains centered on slight inward slopes or have a slight outward slope to a perimeter drain and gutter system. You can’t really see such roofs from the ground. Thus you won’t notice obvious problems such as missing or damaged shingles. Depending on the type of drain or gutter system you have, you may not be able to tell whether your drains are clear and working or not. Flat roof solutions are economical, but they do require a periodic inspection from the rooftop and periodic maintenance. This means that you need a flat roofing professional to access your roof and inspect its condition as well as the various flashings, drip edges, drains, and gutters.
Flat Roof Maintenance and Repairs
Maintenance and repairs on a flat roof are different than on a sloped roof, as a flat roof is designed to manage water while a sloped roof merely sheds water. If the drains on a flat roof become clogged, the roof can turn into a tank of water that will leak, so keeping drains open and clear of obstructions such as debris and animal nests is important. The constant barrage of Florida sunshine, hail, and the corrosive nature of Florida’s saltwater environment can take a toll on all roofing materials, so regular inspections are crucial to maintaining your roof for a long service life. If you have a flat roof, contact Neal Strickland Roofing Inc. to find out what your options are for maintenance and repairs before the next storm hits. You can connect with them on Facebook for more updates!
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