How Do I Extend the Lifespan of My Flat Roof?

June 24, 2019

How Do I Extend the Lifespan of My Flat Roof?

 

 

Your flat roof is a big investment, so it makes sense that you would want to enjoy it for a long time. If your roof is taken care of, it can last you a lifetime, and that is what many commercial property owners shoot for. But over time, they lose their reliability due to normal use. However, there are a few things you can do to prolong their usage.

 

 

Perform a roof inspection

To make sure that your roof is in good shape, you need to check it at least once a year. This is a good way to make sure you detect problems early before they become bigger. You never know what you can uncover with a single inspection. Problems include cracks, pooling, leakage, missing caulk, broken shingles and seals, damaged vents and many more.

Not performing an inspection is one of the biggest mistakes that many property owners make.

 

Fix all leaks immediately

If there is one thing that flat roofs hate, it is water. That is because water brings moisture and it starts to breakdown the roof’s materials. Eventually, this compromises the structural integrity of the entire roof. That is why the moment you notice a leak, don’t wait until the rainy season to forget about the problem. Fix it right away.

 

Insulate the roof

Insulating your roof comes with a number of benefits. For example, an insulated roof retains more heat during the winter. This leads to massive energy savings when it gets cold since you won’t be using the heater as much. Another benefit is that it provides an extra layer of protection, giving your roof extra protection from the elements.

 

Apply reflective paint

When the sun is at its hottest, it can cause ultraviolet (UV) damage on your roof. You can prevent this from happening by coating it in reflective paint. This means that the heat won’t expose porous surfaces and give you headaches from water problems during the rainy season and when the snow begins to melt.

 

Ensure there's adequate support for utility equipment

As a commercial property owner, your roof probably has some utility equipment installed on top. This includes things like your HVAC units. If such appliances aren’t properly installed, they could put unnecessary stress on the roof, leading to punctures in the membrane. So make sure they are installed correctly.

 

Call a professional roofing contractor

When dealing with flat roofs, it is always better to leave it to the professionals. A roofing contractor can spot problems that your untrained eye cannot. Plus, they have the knowledge and experience to handle any problem your roof can give. On top of that, they have the equipment and manpower to handle any project. 

 

At Wolfenburg Flat Roof Ottawa, we are dedicated to giving you the highest quality commercial roofing services. We are experts in installing various flat roofing systems, as well as in maintaining and repairing them. So whether you need flat roof installation, inspection, repair, replacement or maintenance, you can count on us.

 

 

Contact Wolfenburg Flat Roof Ottawa now on 613-800-9058 or email us at info@wolfenburginc.com. We are more than delighted to hear from you.

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