Flat roofs are a popular choice for buildings in urban areas, with a variety of different uses. Whether it is a substitute for a yard, a convenient place for a tennis court, or a parking space for a helicopter, a flat roof can serve many purposes. Of course, a flat roof is not exempt from maintenance and repairs simply because it is flat. Here are some important things to consider when buying or building a structure with a flat roof.
While traditional roof gutters and downspouts are easy to clean and maintain, they are prone to wind damage and freezing. Flat roof drains are often inner draining systems. Inner draining systems are installed near the center of the roof or anywhere standing water is expected to accumulate, then connected to pipes that drain the water away from the ceiling. Flat roof drains are aesthetically pleasing and, because they are located within the building’s walls, are protected from the elements.
Of course, to fix a leaking roof, you will have to consult flat roof specialists. Flat roof leaks often appear in corners, around chimneys, and where the seams of the roof have become separated. Depending on the cause of the leak, you may have to replace the entire roof. The roofing specialist will be able to tell you if it is better to seal the leak or to replace the roof.
Preventing roof leaks is easier than fixing roof leaks. Flat roof drains are essential to preventing roof leaks. By installing a drain wide enough that it won’t be clogged by debris, you are able to keep water from pooling on the roof. Pooling water is the most common cause of flat roof leaks, as it can wear away the bonds of roofing adhesive, freeze and create cracks in the cement, or force its way through any tiny opening in the roof. Standing water is also a breeding ground for mosquitoes and plants, neither of which are desirable on a roof.
Keeping up with your roofing maintenance is the best way to keep a roof leak-free. Keep the roof tidy, and have the flat roof drains regularly inspected and cleaned. A well-draining roof is a happy roof, and an owner with a leak-free roof is a happy owner.