A flat roof has unique challenges since water doesn't roll off of it as easily as a sloped roof. When you notice a leak in your flat roof, you'll want to get it repaired as soon as possible. Even though flat roofs don't have shingles, they can still develop leaks. Here's how leaks happen and how they can be repaired.
What Causes Leaks In Flat Roofs
Flat roofs are just as susceptible to storm damage as sloped roofs. They can be damaged by hail, high wind, blowing debris, and fallen limbs. Like any other roofing material, flat roofs also deteriorate due to age and exposure to the sun. They can also develop ponding problems. If water is trapped on the roof or not allowed to drain due to a clogged gutter system, then puddles of water will sit on the roof and increase the risk of leaking.
How Flat Roofs Are Repaired
The first step is to have your roof inspected by a roofer so the extent of damage and the location of the leak can be determined. If the roof is in bad shape due to age, then it might be necessary to replace it. If the damage is confined to one area, then repairs might be possible. A common area of roof leaks is around flashing. Flashing around vent pipes will be checked too because it could be the source of the problem if it is cracked or has holes. If the roof itself has rips or holes, then the repair method will depend on the type of roof you have.
First, the roof must be dry before repairs can begin. Then, if the damaged area is large, it will probably be cut away so the patch material can be applied to a dry surface. A small hole or rip might be filled with rubber sealant and roofing tape. Larger rips in a rubber roof can be repaired by adding a new layer of membrane to patch the area. Built-up roofs may need to be repaired with a cement patch and fiberglass mesh. All methods of flat roof repair need to be done properly so there are no leaks around seams or nails. For this reason, professional repairs may be better than DIY repairs. Plus, walking on the flat roof may puncture it more if you aren't careful and know how to protect the roof from damage as you work.
Any type of roof leak should be repaired as quickly as possible, but this is even more important when you have a flat roof, especially if it is ponding water. If water can't roll off the roof very fast, then it might roll into your attic instead and cause significant water damage to your home unless repairs are done promptly.
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