Simply put, flat roofs are roofs that are flat. Most of the time roofs are level but over time and due to the environment the roofs can change a bit and need to be repaired. Your average flat roof will last approximately 25 years if it was done correctly from day one. In order to repair a flat roof here are a few common ideas for the DIY person.
1. Know where the roof is damaged
An easy way to tell where the roof is damaged is to simply look for you see any type of moisture penetration on the inside of the roof on the ceiling of the rooms that you are in. Regardless if this is a residential home or if this is a commercial property. It also helps to know how far the leak is from the walls because this will help you determine the slope and it will also help you determine where exactly the leak is happening as opposed to just having to destroy the entire roof as you’re trying to fix it but just the pieces that need it.
2. Get on top of the roof and start to examine
Since you have already pinpointed where the damage is look on the roof itself and see if you can pinpoint where you had discovered also trying to figure out what the slope is. In order to find the slope simply pour some water on it and then see which way the roof starts going and then that can tell you where to start looking for a leak. Since water always flows downhill this really helps you figure it out quickly.
3. Check for the cracks, damages, or holes
Look around the borders of the walls from your flat roof at two different points on the flat roof and see if you can find holes. If the hole is super small it probably can be fixed by putting a sealant on it then your fix was super quick and painless. If you’re talking about a major hole or a crack that might require bitumen or the roofing material that’s currently being used then you would probably need to call us and we can help you get that fixed for you.
Lastly, know what you’re getting into before you start making major changes to your roof. Flat roofs are incredibly amazing to have but will take time to understand how to make sure that they are repaired correctly. A flat route is not like replacing a shingle. Contact us if you want to know more.