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. You simply have to be extra careful with your flat roof so you can enjoy it for a long time with minimal issues. Here are some ways to combat common issues with flat roofs:
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’s still important to inspect and clean your gutters and downspouts at least twice a year. 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.
Seal Your Roof
Whatever material is used on your flat roof, make sure to apply a waterproof coating to help it resist water intrusion. To make sure the coating gives your roof a complete cover, it’s best to hire a professional to apply it.
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.
You can enjoy a flat roof for about 15 years or more, with the right protection and maintenance. Talk to your contractor about it.
Get in touch with Cantrell Roofing, LLC, for installation and roof maintenance. We install and maintain GAF roofs. Call us today at (903) 848-9494 (Canton), (903) 848-9494 (Burleson), (903) 848-9494 (Sherman) or (903) 848-9494 (Tyler). You can also fill out this form for a free consultation.