After a new low-slope roofing system has been installed on your building, it is important to take steps to protect and maintain the new system. The key to prolonging the life of your new flat roof is to establish a maintenance checklist that will focus on a number of elements that include:
1. Inspect & Maintain Drainage System
Flat roofing systems rely on an accurately-designed drainage system to prevent an unwanted accumulation of water. Ponding on a low slope roof can be a headache to any property manager, which causes the roofing material to break down and eventually leak, particularly along the seams.
In order to guard against this and prolong the life of your flat roof, make sure that all drainage outlets are functioning properly. Even if one of the outlets gets blocked, there should still be others through which the water will drain.
Note: A flat roof provides a highly conducive space for leaves and other debris to fall on and remain, if left unchecked, blocking drains. Try to clear the roof of such debris on a fairly regular basis.
2. Enforce Waterproofing
Some types of flat roofing systems benefit from additional waterproofing material. This waterproofing material that will help to protect it from the effects of water damage over long periods of time.
Consult with your roofing contractor to determine whether your roof may benefit from additional waterproofing.
3. Install Guards
In the same vein, it is also important to install a guard on your drainage outlets that will protect against leaves and other debris, thus preventing the drainage outlets from getting blocked.
One advantage of having a flat roof is that you can safely perform these tasks while walking on the roof, without danger of slipping off.
4. Frequent Inspection
In order to catch problems before they escalate, develop a consistent inspection schedule for your roof. Walking only on designated walkways, check for cracks, splits, and other signs of damage.
5. The Environment
Keep an eye on trees that are growing around the structure. Check to see whether any nearby trees have got low branches, as these could scrape your flat roof and cause damage. If there are any such low hanging branches, see about having the branches pruned.
Local Professional Help Available
For help with your flat roofing needs in the North Port and Sarasota region, contact our team at Mark Kaufman Roofing.