To prolong the longevity of your flat roof, it is vital that you keep it well maintained and fix repairs as soon as they spring up. Maintaining a flat roof is not as troublesome as you might think and you don’t have to be an expert. Follow our simple steps to ensure you get the absolute most out of your flat roof.
- Check the roof regularly
To ensure that your flat roof remains in it’s best possible condition, it’s important that you regularly check your roof for any possible damage. Flat roof maintenance needn’t be a huge and costly task if you keep on top of the checks. Ideally, you want to thoroughly check your flat roof every Spring and Autumn season. The changes in weather can make the structure and roof materials vulnerable to damage. “Ponding” is a problem caused by rainwater pooling in a spot on the roof. This can be an indicator of poor installation, poor drainage or both.
- Know the Signs
It’s not enough to just regularly check your flat roof for debris and pooling, you have to know what to look for. If you don’t know what to look for, how will you know that there is a problem? Roof material splitting is where splits or long cracks will be visible parallel joints of the insulation. These will appear spongey and are caused by poor installation, frozen conditions and surface stress. Roof material ridging takes place in the insulation joints due to moisture that condenses under the felt. If the wrong material is used, or there is excessive heat exposure, this may cause the felt layers to move on the flat roof.
- Clear the pipes
When you check your flat roof for any possible damages, it’s a great chance to clear the guttering and drainpipes of any dirt, twigs or leaves that can cause harmful blockages. It’s wise to hire a professional to clear the roof and pipes of debris, as this can be quite dangerous if not carried out correctly. If you do decide to take on the task yourself, a leaf blower is a good option as it doesn’t require you to walk on the fragile roof. Do not attempt if you have little to no experience of roof debris clearing. It is very dangerous. Vegetation and moss growth may indicate an issue of water being held by either a blockage or other drainage problems.
- Trim the trees
An essential part of flat roof maintenance is to trim back any overhanging trees. Any branches that extend over the flat roof need to be cut so they pose no risk to the roof integrity. It will also make the job of clearing debris easier. If the branches are quite high up and out of reasonable reach, it may be necessary to hire a professional tree surgeon.
If you notice any possible damage or would like to seek a professional opinion, get in touch today. Call us and talk to one of our friendly and knowledgeable team who can answer any of your questions. We can help you with all of your flat roof maintenance needs. Call us now on 01872 241910. Alternatively, use our contact page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.