Flat Roofs. Not as flat a they seem.

What is a flat roof?

Unlike the name suggests, a flat roof is sloped and not entirely flat. It is one of the most affordable types of roofing and is designed for regions with less rainfall and snow. These roofs are mainly installed on commercial properties, garages and homes located in drier climates, however, you will find many properties in Florida with a flat roof.

 

Flat roofs are usually made up of several layers of insulating, thermal and vapor control layers and are much easier to install than other types. Because it is made with less material than its counterparts, it is susceptible to leaks and other roofing problems.

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Flat roofing repair problems

Although having a flat roof comes with its advantages, there are also certain problems you are likely to experience through your roof’s lifespan. One of the most common drawbacks is leaking. Leaks can be a result of poor installation, causing the roof to hold water. Improper installation can also shorten the life of your roof and lead to other repair problems.

 

If mold begins to grow, there is poor ventilation in the attic, spots and rot appear, shingles buckle, curl or go missing, you might have a leak. If you notice any of the mentioned signs, it is best to hire local roofing experts for flat roof leak repair. Trying to repair it yourself might cause further damage.

 

Punctures are also a potential problem for property owners and renters often requiring an emergency roofing repair. They are mainly due to excessive foot traffic and can cause damage to the roof membrane. Other roofing problems include shrinkage, surface erosion, splitting, blistering and ridging.

Common materials used

Every flat roof features a roof deck, thermal layer, vapor control, waterproof and surface layer. Depending on the repair costs and kind of service you need, professional roofers can select the best material to use to fix your roof. Each material has its own strengths and setbacks, and it is up to you and your roofing contractors to choose the materials that are best for your type of property.

 

Materials include metal, concrete, timber, plywood, polystyrene, mineral wood, rubber, PVC, resin and many more.

 

If your roof is damaged, make it a point to call experienced professional. Specialists are trained to deal with every type of roofing problem, from severe erosion to leaking flat roof repair.

 

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