FLAT ROOF REPAIR
When is it time to repair your commercial flat roof vs replacing it? Roof replacement is of high cost in time, money and hassle. By repairing your flat roof and maintaining it, you can increase its lifespan and avoid replacing it for as long as possible.
Increase your Flat Roof’s lifespan with these tips:
1. PREVENT STANDING WATER
Standing water is the number one cause of leaks in commercial flat roofs. Pooled standing water can quickly destroy your flat roof membrane, especially during shoulder seasons when the water is freezing and thawing. Regular inspection is essential to the long life of your roof.
Flat commercial roofs are not entirely flat. They are slightly angled to allow water to drain. The pitch of your roof can be damaged by foot traffic, freezing water or intense weather conditions.
By repairing potential standing water areas, you can increase the lifespan of your roof.
In Edmonton, we experience frequent high winds, hail, heavy snow, and even the odd tornado! Inspect your roof after a major storm to make sure it isn’t damaged. It is best to contact a professional for regular roof maintenance.
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2. PREVENT SUN DAMAGE
In Edmonton, we go through extreme weather shifts. From minus 40 to plus 30 in the same year! Imagine getting as much sun as your roof in the sun all day, every day. It is an enormous amount of sun and radiation.
SBS-modified bitumen is the most common roof system in Edmonton and can be affected by extreme weather conditions. It is a durable and hardy roofing material, but it can be damaged by the sun. By maintaining and repairing your roof with a high-quality roof coating system, you can help reflect heat and UV rays away from your roof and prevent potential damage. It would be best if you had your roof inspected yearly and prevent the need for emergency roof repairs.
3. USE SBS MODIFIED BITUMEN FOR YOUR ROOF
SBS-modified bitumen is the gold standard for flat roofs in Edmonton. It is the most common and most hardy of the flat roofing types for this environment. It is composed of a base layer of a sheet of fibreglass or composite covered in bitumen. A cap sheet is laid over the bitumen and has a rock granule coating.
Adhering this system to your roof is simple when completed by a professional commercial roofer. Self-adhesive and cold adhesive are natural properties of the material. Mostly just a torch is used to make the bitumen liquid, and it is incredibly sticky.
SBS-Modified Bitumen roofs can last up to 30 years with proper maintenance but are much less if ignored.
Learn more about other roofing types with our DETAILED GUIDE TO EDMONTON COMMERCIAL ROOFING SYSTEMS
4. REPLACE YOUR ROOF AT THE RIGHT TIME
No flat roof will last forever. At some point, every roof will need replacement. The best time to replace a roof is before you need to! Nothing is worse than having a roof fail and dealing with all the damage associated with a leaky roof.
We recommend yearly inspections of your roof. By getting ahead of problems and knowing what you are looking at, you can save tens of thousands of dollars.
Get an expert’s opinion and get a great roofer to replace your roof if needed. Here are 5 THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN AN EDMONTON COMMERCIAL FLAT ROOFER.
In this guide, we’ve included some excellent tips to be aware of to increase the lifespan of your roof. All of these tips boil down to one thing: regular inspection and maintenance can increase your roof’s lifespan and save you thousands of dollars in damages and replacement. Save time, money, and headache by using a professional flat roofing company to maintain and repair your roof.
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This article was originally published on July 2, 2019, and has been updated for 2021.