A flat roof, like any other type of roofing, requires proper upkeep. Gutter cleaning and other maintenance measures are necessary to ensure longevity and performance. Ignore it and the roof may encounter problems that could result in its early failure. Learn more about the five causes of flat roof deterioration.
1. Ponding or Pooling Water
As homes and commercial structures settle, flat roofs begin to shift as well. Indeed, they may not be as leveled as before. Water may collect in specific areas of the roof, especially during rain or snow. Though flat roof materials work to withstand water, it is important to drain it right away. Leaving it for long periods of time may cause its exterior to fail, shortening the roof’s service life.
2. Roof Cracks
Such roofs suffer from constant pressure due to their flatness. In time, the pressure may become too unbearable for the roof’s structure to withstand, causing it to crack. With the structural integrity compromised, this situation calls for the help of a roof install expert.
3. Changing Temperatures
Sudden temperature changes can take a toll on flat roofs. Continuous expansion and contraction result in the protective membranes getting undone. Again, a roofer is required to deal with the issue.
4. Strong Winds
As they continue to protect structures, flat roofs eventually lack resistance to wind uplift. Any unsealed seams may be blown off during instances of strong winds, especially during storms and tornadoes.
5. Punctures and Abrasions
Foot traffic, the frequency of hail in the area and wayward debris carried by strong winds can cause punctures to flat roofs. The combination of weight and sharp pressure to the surface expose the roofs to moisture and subsequent leaks.
When any of these problems occur, turn to M and A Exterior Home Improvement. We are your trusted contractor for all your roofing, siding and gutter needs. Give us a call at (757) 942-2700 for more information. You may also fill out our contact form for a free, no-obligation quote. We serve residents of Williamsburg, VA.