Flat roofs have distinct requirements in terms of installation, repair and maintenance. That said, the guidelines for inspecting a flat roof can be different from inspecting standard sloped roofing. This is partly because some roofing issues tend to be more common in flat roofs — such as water ponding, insufficient drainage and lack of energy efficiency.
In this post, Frame Restoration Roofing and Construction discusses some of the steps that your roofer or inspector will likely take to properly examine your flat roofing.
Cleaning Up Debris
In order to carry out a thorough inspection, contractors would have to first remove the leaves, twigs and debris on your roof. A clean roof allows them to get a clearer view of your roof, making it easier to recognize problems and ensuring that no spot will be missed during the inspection. Cleaning the roof also enables them to see if there is debris caught under your roofing or protruding into the material — which can indicate a leak or a potential leak.
Looking for Signs of Water Ponding
The presence of water puddles usually means there’s a flaw in the design of your roof system. Water shouldn’t be pooling on your roof’s surface for extended periods after a rain ends. And if your roof gets exposed to water for a long time (generally beyond 48 hours), you can expect this to cause problems with your roof eventually. Make sure to address this issue ASAP so that you can avoid more serious issues later on.
Checking the Attic
The condition of your attic is critical to the health of your roofing, so make sure this space also gets inspected regularly. Look out for moisture and ventilation issues, in particular. Remember that a wet attic means that water is able to infiltrate the space through somewhere. A roofing professional can help you identify the source of the problem and carry out the necessary repair.
Frame Restoration Roofing and Construction is a local roofing company that delivers superior workmanship and excellent customer service. With our team of roofers, you can rest assured that your job will be in good hands. Call us at (469) 346-8544 or fill out our contact form to request a quote.