Repairing Common Damage To Your Building's Flat Roof

30 September 2022
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When a roof suffers damage, prompt repairs will be necessary to limit the risks of structural integrity problems arising. Flat roofs can be a common option for both homes and businesses. While these roofs can be durable, there are some types of damage, problems, and issues that will require professional repairs in order to keep the roof in a good condition.  

Sagging Sections Of The Roof

If sections of the roof start to sag, this could indicate that it needs urgent repairs. Failing to repair a roof that is sagging could lead to a substantial amount of damage to the building. This sagging can be the result of supports in the roof degrading, which may lead to it collapsing. In addition to the damage to the supports, sagging may also occur if the roofing materials have degraded. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to notice these issues with a flat roof due to the difficulties of seeing the entire roof from the ground. For this reason, routine inspections can be essential for diagnosing this serious flat roofing problem before it can pose a safety threat.

Water Damage

A roof is designed to be able to resist suffering damage due to moisture exposure. However, this protection can degrade. In addition to degrading over time, the roof may also be more likely to suffer water damage if there are puddles, ice, snow, or other sources of moisture on the roof for long periods of time. The way that water will damage the roof can depend on the materials that are used in it. For example, rubber roofing can be prone to developing blisters in it while tile roofing systems may develop cracks. You can reduce the risk of this water damage occurring by applying a protective sealant to the exterior of the roof. This will act to stop moisture from entering the small pores and other openings in the roofing materials.

Warping Edges

Individuals will often fail to appreciate the risk of roofing materials warping, but this is one of the more common issues that they can suffer. In particular, older roofs can be particularly likely to experience warping near the edges. This can lead to gaps being created. These gaps can reduce the energy efficiency of the roof, allow pests to more easily get into the home, and may increase the likelihood of rot, mold, and other types of water damage occurring. When a flat roof starts to experience this problem, it may be possible to temporarily patch the damage, but a total roof replacement may be necessary to fully repair it.

For more information, contact a company like Brainard Roofing and Construction.