Many modern buildings are designed with flat roofs. Unlike traditional sloped roofs, flat roofs sit on top of your house horizontally, or nearly horizontally. Many home owners who have flat-roofed houses are unaware of the proper maintenance. This can lead to roofing damage, leaks and loss of insulation. If your home has a flat roof, here’s some important information that you should know.
The Benefits of Flat Roofs
Flat roofs have many advantages for home owners. Flat roofs are faster and more cost effective to install than sloped roofs. They are also easier and safer to repair and maintain. Flat roofs also require less interior support, allowing you to maximize your interior space from the floor to the ceiling. Flat roofs are also more accessible than sloped ones and can be used as outdoor storage spaces, patios or rooftops gardens.
Flat Roof Maintenance
To remain in good condition, flat roofs require different maintenance than traditional sloped roofs. If properly maintained, the waterproof membrane that covers a flat roof can keeps your home insulated and dry for up to 30 years. The most important thing that you can do to maintain your flat roof is clear the leaves and windblown debris that collect in the rainwater outlets, especially during the fall and spring. These rainwater outlets act as your roof’s drainage system and need to remain unclogged in order to prevent leaks and flooding. Flat roofs can also be outfitted with leaf guards to create a more comprehensive drainage system. They require very little maintenance besides making sure the drainage system is unclogged.
Most major flat roofing issues are a result of inadequate installation. If a flat roof is not installed properly, it can lead to leaks and poor insulation. Make sure you contact a professional roofing contractor to install a fully functional and hassle-free flat roof. CLS Roofing is the premier provider of residential and commercial flat roofing services in the Ottawa area, so no matter your concern, our professional and experienced contractors are here to help.