Flat Roof Repair - Brampton Roofing Contractors, ON
A flat roof offers an array of advantages compared to other roof options. They are cost-effective, easy to access, and depending on the material that is used from traditional felt material or rubber roofing that are quite energy efficient. They also provide you with the ability to use the space on top of a house or business for an array of other functions, such as the placement of solar panels or air conditioning units.
However, while flat roofs offer an array of benefits, they are far from perfect. In exchange for the many benefits offered above, you must deal with several concerns that are non-existent with traditional shingled roofing materials.
The name of the flat roof is somewhat misleading – these roofs are not actually flat. They have enough of a pitch or slope to provide water drainage. However, there is not too much of a margin for mistakes. If your flat roof is damaged in any way or if an ice dam develops, water may begin to accumulate into small bonds, which can cause leaks inside your home or building. This can result in algae or moss growing, and other damage to your roofing system. Some spots that are damaged may be caulked but when it is a larger issue, fresh asphalt or bitumen may be needed to reseal those troubled areas. In the long-run when it comes to flat roofs, replacing a roof can be more cost-effective over the long term than to keep applying patch work throughout areas of the roof.
Because there is a very minimal slope, it means branches, leaves, and other debris may collect more easily, which can block drainage. Also, if there is a large uncleared pile of leaves, it can cause moisture that will freeze, thaw, and then may refreeze during the winter. This continued freeze and thaw cycle can be quite damaging to your roof.
Yes, this is a real term that means that a flat roof that has started to crack and has started bubbling. The name was derived because the roof begins to look like alligator skin. In most cases, exposure to the sun will cause this issue. After all, there is no way to turn off the sun. If this problem is not dealt with, it can lead to cracks, leaks, and other issues, along with the complete failure of your roofing system. This can potentially lead to a flat roof replacement.
When it comes to a flat roof, knowing some of the most common issues is the best way to know when you need to call Brampton Roofing Services for repairs and maintenance.