Common Issues Found During Flat Roof Inspections
Ponding water is one of the most common issues with flat roofing. This occurs when water accumulates on the surface of the roof and doesn’t drain properly. This can lead to leaks, damage to the roof’s membrane, and structural damage to the building.
Cracks and Leaks:
Cracks and leaks in a flat roof can lead to water penetration and damage to the building’s interior. These issues can be caused by extreme weather conditions, poor sealing of roofing attachments, or natural wear and tear over time.
Punctures and Tears:
Punctures and tears in a flat roof can be caused by foot traffic, falling debris, or improper installation. These can lead to water penetration which is to be avoided at all costs and will typically result in more costly damage being done internally.
Flat roofs are exposed to direct sunlight, which can cause the roofing materials to break down over time. We will often run into silicone that has been applied incorrectly which results in it being more susceptible to UV damage. This can lead to cracks, leaks, and other issues.
Poor installation can lead to a range of issues with a flat roof, including leaks, ponding water, and internal damage. It’s important to hire a reputable roofing contractor with experience in flat roof installation to ensure the job is done correctly. This also applies to the installation of roofing fixtures.