Even the best roof can fall victim to severe weather outbreaks, fallen trees or any other unexpected events. After strong wind and rain you may discover leaks or loose shingles. Addressing these issues early will be a minor expense when caught early before damage reaches the structure under roofing. We know how important it is to stop the leak and to repair the damage as soon as possible. The life of your roof will depend on periodic maintenance and repairs. Keeping your roof clean of moss will prevent your shingles from lifting and allowing water in.
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Repair or Replace?
Is your flat roof starting to leak again?
The truth is that most flat roofs are designed in such a way that leaks are a frequent and common problem, even if routine maintenance is preformed. Ponding water that stands on the roof for more than 48 hours is one of the top culprits of these leaks.
When the leak starts, figuring out the best course of action is not always straightforward.
The first question you should be asking is: should the roof be repaired or replaced?
We will walk you through the steps necessary to determine which option would be most appropriate, both in terms of cost effectiveness and proving long lasting protection for your property.
Do an Assessment First
To determine whether its best to repair or replace your leaking roof, hire a professional contractor to come in and assess the issue. 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.
During the inspection, your contractor should thoroughly examine every part of the roof, including: seams, flashings, attachment points. He should check for cracks at joints and corners, around chimneys and ventilation slits. He will also assess the roof for damage, deterioration, punctures, aging, leaks, ponding water, etc, and will most likely do a test-cut (cut through the roofing material to see what’s under the surface layer).
Common Flat Roofing Problems
Most 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.
For EPDM rubber membranes, A common problem is material shrinkage. When a rubber membrane shrinks, it can pull off parapet walls, drip edge or a chimney.
Another common problem (especially for commercial roofs) is foot traffic: maintenance personnel (mainly HVAC contractors) and other random visitors going out on the roof, dropping tools, walking over fasteners, thus puncturing the membrane and causing other damages that need to be repaired.
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We've got all your needs covered: from residential remodels, to commercial damage repairs and everything in between. Don't hesitate to ask us a question or inquire as to why a certain process has to take place. All of our staff are friendly and knowledgeable because we know what it's like to be in your shoes. We want you to know just how special you and your project are to us, so we do our very best to ensure that you and your needs always come first. We even have a complimentary estimate where we'll come out to you!