Flat Roof Maintenance, Repair, and Replacement

January 3rd, 2022 | By Dale Chastain

Whether a flat roof covers your commercial building or modern home, a flat roof requires different care considerations compared to slanted roofs. Chastain Roofing has experience with the maintenance, repair, and replacement of flat roofs. Regardless of the state of your flat roof, we can offer solutions to help. If you are trying to decide if repair or replacement is the answer for your flat roof restoration, consider these important factors.

  •       Inspect for Visible Damage—Inspecting a flat roof can be far simpler than a slanted one. If you are unable to climb up for a look, give our professional team at Chastain Roofing a call. We will be glad to assess the current condition of your roof.
  •       Look Out for Leaks—A small leak can cause significant damage if left unresolved. When a leak is dealt with early on, repairing and patching the damaged area may be possible. Depending on the extent of the damage, we can recommend  whether repair or replacement would be best.
  •       Explore your Energy Bills—If your energy bills are going up without an obvious reason, your roof may be responsible. Flat roofs are known for their energy-reducing materials. When a roof is in good condition, the roof will seal in and insulate your home to retain your heating and air conditioning. Over time due to age or damage, your roof could become less efficient. In some circumstances, repairing the damage could restore efficiency. Your roof’s age will not be able to be counterbalanced through a repair. Replacing the roof will provide the insulation you need to save energy.
  •       Consider the Age of your Roof—Every roofing material has an average lifespan. For example, if your roof is made from EPDM, you can expect a lifespan of 20-25 years. The lifespan of your roof can be impacted by maintenance, quality of materials, professionalism of installation, and inclement weather exposure. If your roof is close to or already 20 years old, repairs will likely only buy time for a couple of years. In many cases, a replacement is a good plan when your flat roof is already old.

Maximizing your Roof

Maintenance matters if you want your roof to reach its full lifespan. Inspect your roof regularly to spot damage. Make sure that it stays clean and free from debris and leaves using a broom. Keep tree branches cut back away from your roof to minimize potential damage. Ensure that you have a proper water drainage system, so water will not pool and harm your roof.

From repair to replacement, our team at Chastain Roofing is ready to help with any of your flat roof needs. If you need a roof inspection, we are glad to help you determine the condition of your roof.