All flat roofs need tlc time to time, depending on the circumstenses. We recommend annual inspections for medium to large scale roofs.
Only thing that is concerning about a flat roof is the accumulation of the snow, ice and the current flow rate of the drains. Frozen and/or clogged drains are likely to cause roof leaks and property damage.
It is highly recommended that all drains are free of dirt and debris prior to winter. Being proactive with maintenance can save thousands of dollars in preventable leaks caused by stress. When we get called in to repair a roof leak, it is always caused by negligence. Leaks caused by natural disasters are almost impossible to prevent.
When we look at a pitched roof, majority of the roof is visible from ground level and does not require climbing unless a small leak that is not visible. Flat roofs have zero visibility from ground level unless you climb up there.
Before making a claim through your insurance company, always have your roof inspected by a experienced professionals independently. Insurance claims will pay for the damages caused by the leak but not the source. 95% of the time your roof is not covered by the insurance unless you have “no water clause”. Additional premiums apply.
Most flat roofs in Ottawa Ontario are tar and gravel but there is a new trend that is going to change that. Any regular tar and gravel roof weights 3 times more than Torchon Roofing (modified bitumen) including the insulation and the metal.
During a flat roof replacement in Ottawa we kept records of the dump fees and the total waist that was removed from the existing tar&gravel flat roof to the landfill. When all the separate trips to the landfill was added at the end of the removal, we ended up with 15000 KG. New roof material was 5500kg including 2 inch insulation, 1/4 protection board,(proboard) 180FF Base membrane and 250 Cap membrane.
If all the flat roofs are light weight systems, it can avoid the possibility of the roof collapsing because of the extra weight of the snow and ice. There has been many incidents all around the world because of this issue and lives has been lost. Extra pressure from the snow and ice does cause stress to the structure and that is why the tar&gravel roof leaks are almost impossible to detect.
Some may think that curls on shingles are a design but unfortunately its a sign of water damage and potential small leak working its way thru. Small leaks can take some time to show results. Avoiding basic home maintenance can cost you bottom line.
Identifying the problem ahead of time is a simple homework for homeowners. If there are multiple issues with your roof during winter and summer, repairing it is not the right solution. Entire roof must be inspected for signs of age, wear and tare. Problems experienced during winter can be a result of unprotected roof deck. Ice and water shield is designed to protect underneath the metal valleys, along the gutters at least 3 or 6 feet high. Rest of the roof should be covered with #15 felt paper. Only a roofing specialist can inspect your roof and present you with all the details. At the end of the day you will decide how to protect your investment. Everything has a cost and there is demand for everything.
Millions of houses are being sold every year from him to her to him. Buying and selling requires appraisals, inspections, and an agent that talk too much and a bank. Most important parts of your home is the foundation and the roof. Buy and sale wisely, hire a local roofing company to inspect your roof a to z. Request a free roofing estimate and understand the value of it.