6 Tips For Flat Roof Maintenance

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Some maintenance and basic rules for taking care of a flat roof, as in do's and dont's, are common sense, but you would be surprised what some flat roof owners do to jeopardize their roof or let happen to their roof. The worst thing you can do is to neglect it, because small problems turn into big issues rather quickly. Depending on how your roof is used and what type of roofing material you have will depend on how much time and effort you must spend on maintaining your roof. But, either way, these are some tips or rules that flat roof owners, whether residential or commercial, should keep in mind to help take care of your roof so it can help you take care of and protect your home or business.

1. Keep the roof clean of debris, especially if you have trees around your roof, clean during and after the fall season. Here in Arizona, with our often times violent monsoon storms, you should always check and inspect your roof after we've had one. Strong winds can throw debris up on your roof, even from other properties, and unless you get on a ladder and get up to inspect it, you wouldn't even know some debris may be up there causing damage. Always keep your flat roof clear of organic debris that could cause punctures or residual damage.

2. Make sure any equipment that must be attached to roof is properly attached without causing punctures to roof materials. It is good for some equipment to be mounted on top of a platform of some kind that can limit damages to the roof materials. If your material uses fasteners, make sure they are tight and secure.

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3. Check draining systems and clean out any debris. Make sure you have adequate draining for your roof, if you notice a lot of ponding water you may need better drainage, clean them, or possibly have an area that needs something to stop ponding water. Some spots that have ponding water need leveling to help the water flow to the drain system. Ponding water can cause a flat roof to deteriorate quickly, so once its detected, remove it as quickly as possible and make sure the drain systems keep it from re-occurring.

4. Don't cause undue stress to the roof. Flat roofs will have issues with pressure from too much weight, such as too much heavy equipment for the way the structure of the roof was built, snow and ice weight, water weight or even random things on the roof that shouldn't be there. You should have some sort of documentation from the builders and designers that specifies the amount of weight your flat roof can withstand. If there is an area that is not supported well and  too much weight exists there, the roof can eventually collapse, causing all kinds of damage and even jeopardize your families well being.

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5. Do not neglect your flat roof. If you haven't had it inspected for some time, or have put off repairs that need to be done for some time, do not wait. Call a professional flat roof contractor to inspect your roof and give you advice on the best way to maintain or repair it. The number one reason flat roofs have to be replaced is due to neglecting the roof's need for repairs and maintenance. 

6. Do not have hazardous materials on your roof. Especially having the roofing system getting exposed to those materials. This can cause damage to the material or other damage to the roof decking. Some roofing materials can become damaged with other products that aren't made for the specific type of roof you may have.

If you have questions about flat roof systems. or you have an existing flat roof that needs an inspection or repairs, give Mikku and Sons Roofing a call at (623) 465-1068. We are experts at flat roofing and will give you our best advice on how to move forward to best solve your problem in the most economic and efficient way possible.