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Common Flat Roof Problems and How to Solve Them

There are considerable energy efficiency benefits to having a flat roofing system instead of a more traditional steep-sloped assembly. However, for all its pros, it does have its own set of corresponding cons. If you chose to have a flat roof for your home or building, it pays to be familiar with a few of the most common issues that may affect this type of roof.

Water Everywhere

Despite its name, flat roofs are not actually flat. There is a slight slope to the main assembly that serves to direct rainwater into the gutters and downspouts for proper disposal. Unfortunately, unlike roofs with a more visible slope, gravity doesn’t provide much help to eliminate runoff on flat roof surfaces. This means any obstruction to the main drainage channels can cause water to gather and wreak havoc on your roof.

Protective Coatings

One particularly effective solution for most water-related problems is protective coatings. These provide an additional layer of weatherproofing that helps keep the structure of the roof itself dry even under heavy rains. Many roofing companies offer coating options for flat roof systems. Ask your contractor for recommendations to help you decide what type of coating is right for your home.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Sign up for a regular maintenance program to help keep your flat roof system shipshape. Inspections should be done once every change of season or, at the very least, once a year. Early detection of problems can be an incredibly useful way to nip potential issues in the bud.

Keep your flat roofs in good shape with our professionals at New View Roofing, one of the leading residential and commercial roofing contractors in the area. Give us a call at (469) 250-0016, or fill out our online contact form to request a roofing estimate or schedule a free inspection today. We serve homeowners in Dallas.

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