How to Prevent Common Flat Roof Problems

by | Aug 28, 2019 | Roofing | 0 comments

A flat roof is commonplace among Chicago businesses. It is cheaper to install, has less risk than a sloped roof, and requires little upkeep or maintenance. Of course, 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. To make sure these problems don’t happen to your rooftop, here are four proactive remedies.

Perform Regular Maintenance

Going to the rooftop and cleaning it off is not the sexiest task, 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

The term “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, easy to install, and can last for more than 30 years. If you are an ardent DIYer, here is how to install a PVC roofing membrane

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 checkedfor cracks or holes at least twice each year.

Final Thoughts

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

If you own a flat roof that experiences some of the problems mentioned above, reach out to Cittrix Roofing. Since 2014, we have assisted people across northern Chicago when it comes repairing, restoring, and replacing their rooftops. Give us a call today at (847) 246-4004 and see the difference we can make tomorrow. 


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