Certified Commercial Roofing is a commercial roofing company in Houston, Texas, that completes installations and repairs of all types of commercial roof systems. Certified Commercial Roofing has been in the roofing business for over 25 years, serving the Texas and Louisiana communities. Flat roofs are a popular type of commercial roof that can typically last 20-25 years. A well-maintained flat roof can even last up to twice as long. There are signs to pay attention to when your building has a commercial flat roof that can help determine whether the flat roof needs to be replaced completely or whether appropriate repairs can be made instead.
Signs of a Flat Roof That Needs Repair
Flat roofs are easier to access, making it easier to keep an eye out for any signs that the roof is in need of repair. Here are three things to look for on a commercial flat roof:
Blistering and Cracks
A flat roof is comprised of multiple layers and the top layer can eventually wear down due to exposure to sun, rain, snow, and debris. Signs of this include bubbling, cracking, or breaking down of the top layer. It is possible for the team at Certified Commercial Roofing to do a patch repair if this is an isolated incident in one area of the roof.
A flat roof is designed with a slight pitch to it so water runoff can happen. If there is pooling water on a flat roof then this is a sign that the materials making up the roof may be shifting and tilting, preventing water from running off. Water can seep in through cracks and also put pressure on the roof, causing it to bend or sink.
If the flashing on a flat roof is functioning correctly it will prevent water from getting into the roof. When the flashing is damaged, it could cause leaking and water damage. Damaged flashing, combined with blistering and cracks or pooling water, can do serious damage to a flat roof if it is not addressed promptly.