Flat roofs require more frequent inspections than sloped roofs due to their susceptibility to water damage and wear and tear. It is recommended to inspect a flat roof at least twice a year (spring and autumn). If there is a storm in the area or trees that could damage the roof, it should be checked even more often. Regular inspections ensure that any underlying problems are resolved before they become irreparable.
Professional inspections should be done every 2-3 years, or more often if there have been issues in the past. When constructing or replacing a flat roof, it is helpful to examine it soon after installation for a “baseline report”. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends inspecting the roof at least twice a year in fall and spring, when the weather tends to be milder, to help detect any problems. Earthmoving can also affect flat roofs over time, so it is important to monitor them regularly. South Florida is known for its heavy storms, so general inspections after a storm are recommended.
It is advisable to get at least two quotes before hiring someone to carry out work and make sure they are a member of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors or the Confederation of Roofing Contractors.Performing basic visual inspections of flat roofs yourself is an important part of regular building maintenance. Leaves and other debris can easily accumulate on a flat roofs, especially in corners, and clog water drain outlets, so check regularly during fall and early winter. If your flat roof has a crack or leak somewhere, call a professional to assess the situation and make any necessary repairs. If gutters become clogged, water can accumulate and pass under the roof covering, penetrating the interior space of the roof. Alternatively, or if you can already see what the problem is, contact a roofing company to inspect the roof and make any necessary repairs.