At first glance, it would seem that a roof inspection on a low-sloped or flat roofing system should be far easier compared to the maintenance required for other roofing types. However, don’t be fooled by appearances. Even the most experienced roofer still find it challenging to spot and identify problems on a flat roof. In fact, compared to residential roofing systems, flat roofs are more prone to water-related problems, such as pooling and leakage.
Our professionals at AnyWeather Roofing have helped countless building managers diagnose and repair problems on many different types of flat roofing systems, including TPO, modified bitumen and liquid-applied roofs. Here is a quick overview of how we carry out our inspections.
For a home roofing install, tracing the source of a leak could lead to a number of different possibilities. For flat roofs, the flashing is likely the culprit. Flashing strips for flat roofs can either be galvanized iron, aluminum or, as more common on liquid-applied flat roofs, self-flashing membranes. These strips prevent water from penetrating the roof assembly underneath the exterior layer, making them one of the most vulnerable points on a flat roof. Our contractors will often begin an inspection visit with a thorough check of the roof’s flashings.
Walls and 90-Degree Bends
For modified-bitumen flat roofs, 90-degree angles could pose huge problems. During an inspection, our experts will typically check any points on the roof membrane that forces the sheet to fold at a right angle. One solution to avoid this potentially problematic bend is to use cant flashing, a triangular piece of perlite, fiberboard or wood that allows the sheet to form a gentler 45-degree bend when approaching a nearby wall.
Whether you have a flat or a high-pitched roof, get full protection with our commercial and residential roofing maintenance plans at AnyWeather Roofing, your trusted provider of high-quality roofing services. Give us a call at (859) 286-6400 for Northern Kentucky, (513) 906-6009 for Cincinnati, OH, (937) 956-0200 for Dayton, OH, or (850) 588-4756 for Miramar Beach, FL. You could also fill out our online contact form to talk to our experts and schedule a service visit today.