Flat Roofs

A properly installed flat roof application will usually result in 20+ years of worry free home ownership.  An improper installation will be evident immediately. At this point it is up to the homeowner to decide if he/she is due for a new flat roof.  If your present flat is approaching this 20 year threshold date, and you are experiencing leaks, it might be the time to bite the bullet.  Attempts can be made to repair, but that usually results in throwing good money after bad.  Many companies will not even attempt to repair flats due to the heavy callback nature.

The first evidence of a tar and gravel roof breakdown is the perimeter. The point where the gravel stops and the paper is visible is very telling.  This paper is usually four ply, but if it is cracked to the point that you can see wood, or the cant strip below, time to bite the bullet.

Torchdown ( bitumen ) breakdown is usually evident in the seams.  Running a knife along a seam, and doing a slight lift will expose any deteriorated welds. Another method is to put pressure along a seam line shortly after a rain, water should seep out. If the seam is submerged in water, air bubbles should seep out.

Flat roofs are tricky to properly install. The benefit of EPDM or Duradek installations is while the substrate is being installed, it can also be sloped, thus alleviating the concerns of standing water.  Standing water is a killer for a flat roof, destroying the membrane over a much shorter period of time ( not to mention the health risks of a mosquito trap on your roof ).  We offer free assessments and can give you the best solutions for your concerns.

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