Flat Roof Self Inspection
For those of you who prefer the “DIY” route, we took the liberty of compiling a 5 point list for you so you can inspect your own flat roof for damage. That way you know you stand a better chance of finding all possible damage.
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1) Water accumulation or ponding:
If you notice water accumulation in any specific spot on your roof, it’s a sign that there is damage present and needs to be fixed as soon as possible. This problem can often lead to leaks and even more damage.
When does ponding occur?
Ponding often occurs after a bad storm or heavy rains so its always your best bet to check your roof directly after or as soon as it’s safe to do so as you don’t want to leave it unattended too long
Leaks are the most common problem associated with flat roofs and should be taken very seriously. If you see any evidence of water leaking into your home, call a professional right away. It’s important to fix the leaks as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
You get what you pay for
Unfortunately, the roofing industry is riddled with “roofing companies” not adhering to proper installation standards. When it comes to roofing the cheapest offer is almost always the worst option meaning you definitely get what you pay for.
Find a company that is compliant & has all the necessary licensing & paperwork in order to be doing the job. This way you know the final product will be of high quality.
3) Cracks or tears:
If you’ve noticed any cracks or tears in your roofing material, it’s a sure sign that there is damage present that needs to be fixed. These can often lead to leaks as well.
What causes this?
Some older materials used are not as strong as the modern ones used today. This often leads to the withering of the protective UV layer which protects the membrane from the sun. The exposed material sustains damage over time when exposed to UV & the elements.
4) Missing or damaged roofing material:
If you notice any of your roofing material is missing or damaged, it’s important to have it fixed right away. Roofing material is essential to protecting your roof from further damage.
Missing roofing material is hard to miss so there really isn’t much to this one.
5) Vegetation growth:
If you notice any vegetation growing on your roof, it’s a sign that there is water infiltration present. This needs to be taken care of as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
Vegetation you might come across on your flat roof:
- Small shrubs
By following these simple tips, you can help ensure that your flat roof is in good condition and less likely to suffer from damage. Remember a roof can’t be repaired when it rains so be sure to keep your roof in top condition to avoid any serious damage or leaks.
After the inspection…
Once your inspection is complete you will have determined whether or not your flat roof is damaged. The next step is going to be to find a roofing company you can trust to help you fix the damage.