Because of their low pitch, flat roofing systems tend to be more susceptible to weather damage and other common issues–unless you take measures that help mitigate them, that is. The fact is that every flat roofing problem has its own maintenance fix. Great Lakes Roofing and Siding, one of the area’s trusted residential siding contractors, discusses more of them here.
1. Leaks and Moisture. A flat roof is not as effective at shedding rainwater as its steep-pitched counterpart. Without proper drainage, the system runs the risk of standing water on its surface. This not only weakens the roofing material, but makes it more prone to leaks.
What to Do. Have a trusted local contractor like Great Lakes Roofing and Siding inspect your flat roofing regularly, with a particular focus on its drainage areas. Should we find any blockages in these vulnerable areas, we’ll promptly address them. We can also apply a high-quality commercial roof coating to seal your flat roof and ensure it remains dry and leak-free.
2. Cracking. Since a flat roof has a level slope, more pressure is exerted on it. When this pressure builds up, and the stress placed upon it becomes excessive, cracks may start developing on its surface. This is a serious problem and should be handled immediately.
What to Do. You can prevent cracks on your flat roof by limiting access to it. Unless absolutely necessary, no person should be allowed to walk across the system. But if the damage has already been done, you should call your dependable roofing company for the applicable solution.
3. Debris Buildup. Leaves and other loose debris can accumulate on top of your flat roof over time. When overlooked, mold and fungi growing on its surface becomes more than a possibility.
What to Do. You don’t want your flat roof to have unsightly stains on its surface, so make sure to have the system cleaned regularly to prevent leaves and debris from building up.
Aside from storm damage roof repair, Great Lakes Roofing and Siding can also handle your flat roof repair, coating, and maintenance. We’ll make sure your system remains in tip-top shape all year round with our high-quality and effective solutions. Call us today at (877) 938-9318 or fill out this contact form to schedule your roof evaluation. We proudly serve Elk Grove, IL, and the rest of the Chicagoland area. We’d love to hear from you!