Depending on your home design, a flat roof may be the most aesthetically pleasing option. However, unless you are in a very dry climate, flat roofing in Ambler, PA will require maintenance and consideration that does not apply with other designs. If you wish to preserve or build flat roofing, here are the special maintenance considerations it will require.
Leaves, tree branches, snow and other debris will not simply roll off your roof. You will need to check for buildup so your roof’s integrity remains intact. If it all starts to accumulate, you will need to sweep your roof to prevent weak spots and water pooling. This will be your routine, either on a schedule or whenever severe weather hits.
Heavy rain storms and snow can lead to pools of water on your roof. This accumulation can compromise structure and support mold and mildew growth. Installing a good gutter and drainage system will help, but if the weather is especially harsh, this will be another thing you need to check on a regular basis. You can sweep water off your roof the same as you would with leaves and dirt, but you will need to be careful not to apply too much pressure or the roof membrane will weaken.
One way to control debris and water accumulation is to trim your trees before winter begins. You likely enjoy the overreaching tree branches in the summer when temperatures are high, but that same condition is threatening to your roof during the winter. Trim the branches right before the leaves fall and you will enjoy the extra benefit of leaf control. Keep monitoring the conditions before the snow hits so you can control the debris before it starts to seriously pile up.
Checking for damage
Since some accumulation likely got past you anyway, you will need to check your roof for holes, indentations, blisters and any soft pockets. This check should proceed immediately after you remove larger piles of debris, as it is likely that there is deterioration under any piles of leaves or branches or pools of water. The sooner you detect any damage and get it repaired, the less likely it will be to cause issues when winter weather hits.
Use only high quality material
Flat roofing will face much more abuse. For this reason, only invest in the highest quality materials when ordering shingle replacement or purchasing new roofing. You will want highly durable materials that can stand up to weather and foot traffic. Tapered insulation can also help with drainage, so making that investment is a good step. Finally, you will want to ensure that your roofing material can handle the structural loading and any high wind conditions. Putting a little extra money into preservation will mean fewer problems later.
Vince Hee Roofing offers experience and knowledge of the maintenance and replacement of flat roofing in Ambler, PA. We can combine durability and aesthetics to control the possibility of damage while keeping your home’s current look. Call us today if your flat roof requires attention or if you need further recommendations on its maintenance.