Flat roofs are a practical and economical choice for many commercial buildings, but they require regular maintenance to ensure they last for years to come. To keep your flat roof in good condition, it is important to inspect it at least four times a year, with each change of season. During these inspections, you should look for clogged drains, standing water, damage from trees or other objects, debris accumulation, and anything else that seems out of the ordinary. It is essential to clear drainage areas of debris that may have fallen onto the roof during the fall and winter.
This will help prevent clogged drains and scuppers that can cause water to accumulate on the roof. If you notice water accumulating, it is likely due to drainage problems that need to be addressed quickly and regularly. To prevent clogs, you should remove branches, leaves, moss, rocks, and any other items from the roof and eaves. This should be done more frequently if the house is located in a wooded area or if the roof has sunk so that water does not drain within 48 hours after a rainstorm.
Flat roofs typically need to be replaced every ten years if they are not properly maintained. Poor maintenance can lead to stagnant water accumulation and sediment buildup that create an ideal environment for vegetation growth on the roof. To avoid additional damage, leaks, and other issues, it is important to protect your flat roof from foot traffic. Professional roofing contractors can help you do this.
Summer is an ideal time for preventive maintenance on your commercial flat roof. With proper installation and maintenance throughout its life, a good commercial flat roof can last between 20 and 25 years. In addition to regular inspections and cleaning of debris from the roof surface, you should also check your flat roof after major storms.