Flat roofs, also known as low-sloped roofs, are common on commercial buildings, high-rise, low-rise and townhome-style housing, and are increasing in popularity among new, modern homes. They come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. One of the biggest problems your flat roof is going to have is its inability to effectively shed water as quickly as a steep roof.
Excessive rain, snow and pooling make low-sloped roofs susceptible to leak and moisture damage, causing expensive issues to other parts of your home. Besides the ineffective drainage design of the roof itself, flat roofs might have faulty vapour barriers or poor insulation in the attic below. If the flat roof is older, damaged or looking worn out, it should be repaired or replaced quickly to prevent water damage and costly home or building repairs.
Flat Roof Inspection & Repair
Having your roof inspected and repaired by a reputable roofer like Citadel Roofing & Building Maintenance in Vancouver will be proactive in preventing costly damage to your home. Flat roofs should be inspected at least once or twice a year, preferably in the fall and spring, to ensure that debris hasn’t punctured the roofing system, drains are cleared and any compromised areas are sealed up. During an inspection, roofing contractors in Vancouver might look for:
– Splits, blisters and ridges.
– Signs of leakage or soft areas.
– Damaged flashing.
– Erosion of granules and over-stressing of the membrane at the perimeter and splits.
If any of these issues are discovered, immediate roof repairs will be recommended to ensure your home or commercial building is protected from water damage. If the roofing contractor suspects that there is a leak, an inspection of your insulation, roof decking and framing might be required to ensure there is no excessive damage. Learn more about common flat roof problems.
Proper flat roof repair and installation is key.
A flat roofing contractor will ensure that the right roofing system, including the correct membranes, are installed to reduce the water problems that come with flat roofs. Once the membrane is installed, quality roofing materials are required for the exterior layer. Depending on your specific roof, this protective layer could be tar and gravel, a rubber roofing system or shingles. Citadel Roofing will also make sure to check and install flashing around your vents, pipes, chimneys and other openings to make sure they are properly sealed.
Roofing Contractors in Vancouver
Citadel Roofing specializes in providing roofing repair and maintenance services for residential, commercial, and industrial projects. From minor repairs to large scale projects, they are there to help and you can feel confident that you are dealing with an expert and professional every step of the way.