Ways To Reduce Exposure Damage To Flat Roofing

One of the leading reasons your flat roof needs repair is because of exposure damage. This can be due to rain, snow, winds, and extreme heat conditions. All of this exposure can cause your roofing to break down, including cracks and eventual pooling water or leaking. This leads to needing a flat roof replacement. If you have recently had a replacement of your roof done, you may be wondering how to prevent the exposure damage and give longevity to your new roof. Here are some of the methods you can use.

Sitting Debris

Most flat roofs do have guttering to catch water runoff. The issue is that most debris is still remaining on the roof itself. This debris becomes wet, heated by the sun, or even causes ice dams and issues during colder weather conditions. If the debris is not removed, it continues to build up. The build up causes mold, mildew, and eventual water damage. One of the easiest ways to reduce this issue is to schedule a routine sweeping and cleaning of the roof by your janitorial crew. 

Proper Sealing

There are times when you may keep the existing roof on your building. This is especially true if the roof is not old or is not in disrepair and can pass the roofing inspection. This may seem like a fine idea until you start seeing cracks and other issues from the extreme temperatures. Keep in mind, extreme weather can lead to high humidity and evolve into water damage. For this reason, you should consider having your roofing sealed with high-quality all-weather seals. There are several options available to you, and each can be applied during the flat roof replacement. 

Self Inspection

A maintenance step that is often overlooked by business owners deals with inspection. Make sure you are doing a quick inspection of your flat roof on a routine basis. You are looking for cracks in the seal, water pooling and damage, or issues with ice during colder weather conditions. You should note any cracks, damages, or areas with pooling water and contact your roofing contractor as soon as possible. These issues can all become worse quickly and lead to another flat roof replacement. 

Remember to ask your contractor what exposure issues may lead to the replacement. They can detail the issues and let you know how to reduce the chances of it happening in the future. The contractor can also discuss options with you that will help you upgrade your flat roof and add even more durability to the roofing system. 

For more information about flat roof replacement processes, reach out to a local contractor.