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Tips for Maintaining Your Flat Roof

If you have a flat roof on your home, you understand that maintenance is different for this type of roof over your typical slanted, shingle roof.  However, if you are new to a flat roof home, or are simply looking for tips of how to maintain one, let us offer you just a few rules and suggestions to keep your flat roof doing its job well for years to come.

One of the most important things you need to be aware of in caring for your flat roof is the need for clearing debris.  Flat roofs are great because they are easier to walk on and to access than pitched roofs, but this also means that they more easily hold fallen debris, such as leaves, branches, and dirt blown by the wind.  If left un-swept or cleared, such debris can turn to mulch and can damage your protective coatings and add weight to the roof.  It is also important because it can block gutters, which can create pooling, and that is a major problem for your flat roof.  You should inspect your roof every few months or after major storms to check for and clear debris.

Another related item is to be aware of any trees with lower hanging branches near your roof.  You do not want any branches to damage the protective layers, so it is wise to cut any heavy branches protruding over your roof.  This is a general safety precaution for most homes, but is especially wise for flat roof homes.

During your occasional roof check, look for any cracked caulking, tears, or bubbling and/or blistering to your roof.  All of these, if left untreated, can lead to leakage, which is certainly something you want to avoid.  If found and treated quickly, the problems can easily be remedied with a fairly simple process.  Good maintenance for a flat roof mostly involves good checking and being aware.

If you need help with any repairs to your flat roof, call us at 21 Roofing Group today and let us quickly and effectively get your roof back to functioning at its best.