From having a versatile exterior space for large equipment, HVAC systems, and refrigeration to having ease of maintenance due to the lack of slopes and pitches, there are many benefits of having a flat roof on your business. Although traditional roofs with pitches are designed to shed water, flat roofing systems are durable enough to withstand moisture and debris if necessary. The total lifespan of a flat roofing system does depend on the material used to coat the exterior surface. However, some materials, such as EPDM, can last up to 50 years while resisting wind, fire, and water. Of course, as with any roof design, proper maintenance is essential to protect the roof's look and lifespan. Here are a few essential steps to consider when maintaining your building's flat roof.
Again, debris and moisture will roll off traditional pitched roofing systems. With your flat roof, debris and moisture will sit and linger for periods of time in most cases. Therefore, you should conduct periodic inspections of the roof to ensure there is no damage or any signs of distress. Thankfully, because the roof is flat, climbing up onto the roof surface for inspections is much safer than inspecting a sloped roof design.
Make sure to remove any tree limbs, branches, or debris that has fallen onto the roof. Check to ensure no damage to the underlying roof and coating material has occurred.
Contact a roofing contractor if you notice pools of standing water, soft spots on the roof, or large cracks in the roofing coating.
If you have tall trees around your building, make sure to have them trimmed regularly. Even small branches and limbs can quickly break off of trees, falling onto your flat roof and increasing the risk of damage and water leaks.
Removing low-lying branches or limbs that could eventually break under excessive weight before they fall onto your roof is your best option for preventing damage. And trimming the trees to reduce the amount of leaves and pine straw that may fall onto the roof keeps your roof clean and free of damage for longer periods of time.
Other than removing debris, a flat roof will also require regular cleanings. Again, because there are no slopes, getting up onto the roof can be much safer than cleaning a traditional roof, so there will be less risk of accidents and injuries.
A pressure washer is a great option for cleaning off dirt, dust, leaves, pine straw, and other debris quickly. Soak the roof in a cleansing solution that is capable of removing not only dirt and debris but also mold, mildew, algae, and other stubborn residues.
After the cleaning solution sits and soaks for a few minutes, use the pressure washer to rinse away the leftover residue. Direct the pressure washer's nozzle away from the center of the roof, ensuring the water is rinsed off the roof so it does not linger.
When to apply a new layer of coating depends on a few factors, including how much sun, wind, rain, and debris your roof sees throughout the year. On average, most experts recommend applying a new protective coating every 5 years or so, even if there are no signs of damage to your existing coating.
To ensure the new coating adheres evenly and securely, make sure to clean the roof before applying the coating material.
A flat roof can be a great option for your business's building, finances, and reputation. With the help of commercial roof coating services, you can learn a few essential steps for maintaining your flat roofing system with ease.