Unless you own a home with a flat roof, you’re probably asking why anyone would have a flat roof on their house. Isn’t it better for commercial roofing? It is, actually, but it’s also a great option for residential purposes.

If you’re in the market for a new roof, talk to your roofing contractor about installing a flat roof. It offers plenty of aesthetic benefits when it matches your home’s style, and it also features better energy efficiency. You can even use a flat roof as an additional living space.

Any type of roof can develop problems, especially in the long term. However, flat roof owners need to be more careful to prevent roof leaks and other structural problems. A minor leak in a flat roof can lead to costly repairs and eventual breakdown. Here are some tips to prevent common flat roof problems.

Keep Your Roof Clean

Trim the trees surrounding your home to prevent leaves and limbs from landing on your roof all the time. You don’t want saplings taking root on your roof, either. Sweep your roof as often as possible with a broom. 

Keep Gutters Clean

It’s a good idea to install a gutter guard to prevent clogs in your gutters and downspouts. You should also consider downspout filters for added clog prevention. But even if you have these, it is important to schedule regular cleaning and maintenance of the roof’s drainage system to ensure that rainwater, together with windswept debris, can flow properly to where it is supposed to.

Flat roofing systems, unlike sloped roofs, don’t have the benefit of using gravity to immediately drain water. There’s no point in adding to your roof’s burden by allowing your gutter system to get clogged and force water to back up.

Use PVC to Prevent Ponding Problems

The term “ponding water” refers to water that collects on your roof after rainfall. These impromptu ponds can be problematic and eat away at your roofing material. Single-ply membranes are particularly vulnerable because they offer the least protection.

Using a PVC membrane can eliminate any potential deterioration. The material is easy to use, easy to install and can last for more than 30 years.

Waterproof Your Roof

Waterproofing is one of the essential features of a long-lasting and well-maintained rooftop. Most roof surfaces are porous, increasing the chance of leaks, mold and mildew growth, and moisture damage. Applying a waterproof sealant or coating can help prolong the life of your roofing structure. In fact, coatings have become a standard component of flat roofs to avoid all-too-common roof issues.

Pay for Professional Maintenance

Hire a professional to regularly inspect your roof and give it the right maintenance. Flat roofs need this more often than sloped roofs. It’s important to spot potential problems early and apply the necessary fixes before they affect the entire roof.

If you own a flat roof that experiences some of the problems mentioned above, reach out to Brody Allen Exteriors. You can enjoy a flat roof for about 15 years or more, with the right protection and maintenance. Contact us today!