How to Maintain and Care for a Flat Roof

Burnaby roofing, torch-on roof maintenance

How to Maintain and Care for a Flat Roof? Good question.

It is important that you consult with your roofing contractor on how to maintain and care for a flat roof. Go over what method works best for keeping your flat roof in good shape. This may sound simple. However, many homeowners may not be cognizant of their roof once it is installed. Although your flat roof may be the last thing on your mind, there are some basic maintenance methods that work year-round. A little care and your flat asphalt roof will maintain the integrity of the roof and strengthen it for as long as possible. If you plan on doing it yourself, be extremely careful and remember to wear soft shoes and minimize the amount of foot traffic on the roof.  

Regular Inspections

The goal is to catch any issues early on before they become a big issue. This means that semi-annually you may consider getting on the roof and inspect it for any issues. Cracks, debris clogging of the drain holes, membrane separations, or excessive pooling of water (also known as ponding) are all issues that need to be fixed. These are the early indicators of potential damage to your roof and needs attention. 

Blistering, Ponding, & Splitting

These are the most common point of damage to a flat roof. Blistering occurs when small air pockets under the surface expand because of heat and bubbles up to the surface. Ponding happens when the surface of the roof depresses in an area and causes water to pond or pool. Splitting is when the materials that make up the roof start to pull apart due to freezing, heating, or other sources. 

You will need to keep an eye on the early signs of the above-mentioned issues. If left unchecked, water may penetrate into the roof and get inside your structure. Once there long-term, it will cause damage to the structure and cause mold to form which may create all types of health problems. 

Clear Drains & Scuppers Clear

By keeping these clear you prevent water from being trapped on the roof, allowing water to flow off the roof appropriately. Good drainage is the key to a healthy flat roof. Technically there is no such thing as a flat roof. However, it is synonymous with torch-on based roofing. Be sure that you keep the drains and scuppers free of any debris that may impede water flow. This applies to all roofing methods and as well as flat roofing structures.

Sweep Away the Leaves & Watch for Tree Branches

Every fall season, you will need to clear the roof of any leaves and debris have gathered along that might have been built up over a short amount of time. Furthermore, look for any tree branches that may be leaning on the roof and remove them before they become an issue.

Professional Assistance

In conclusion, the tips listed above on how to maintain and care for a flat roof will increase awareness of what to keep an out for on your roof.  If you notice damage to your flat roof or want another opinion, contact 604 Roofing & Construction Ltd., a professional Vancouver BC area roofing & construction contractor, who will help you with your home. Even if you don’t have a flat or torch-on roofing, we provide services in most areas of the construction related field. 

We can provide you with expert advice and home services designed to help keep your home in great shape.