A flat roof is a common choice in commercial buildings. Not only do they provide better aesthetics, but they also provide easy access. Unfortunately, flat roofs are often prone to more problems, which is why maintenance is so important.
So what should you be doing to keep your flat roof in good condition? Here are four tips.
1. Limit Roof Access
Easy roof access might be an advantage of flat roofs, but it is a double-edged sword. Too much roof traffic can cause wear and tear. Normal walking can cause the gravel to move, which can lead to open seams. Too much foot traffic on your roof can also lead to a weakened roof foundation. So don't let just anyone walk on the roof. Instead, ensure professionals are the only ones to tread on your roof—and don't let them linger too long, as work boots can be especially abrasive to the roofing materials.
2. Utilize Coatings
Another way you can extend the life of your flat roof is to apply specialized coatings. There are plenty of options available and each can help make your roof safer and more energy efficient. Light reflecting coatings help to minimize heat absorption in the summer months, which helps reduce energy bills. Waterproof coatings help to minimize water damage during the rainy or snowy season. Apply one—or more—of these coatings to make your roof healthier and safer.
3. Perform Storm Cleanup
It is especially important to perform storm cleanup if you have a flat roof. This is because heavy rains can cause water to pool on the roof. In addition, your roof might collect fallen tree branches or leaves—both of which can wreak havoc on your roof. Make sure you take some time after every storm to clean up the roof, or hire a professional to do it for you.
4. Prune Plant Growth
Plants, or any organic material, can cause huge problems to your flat roof if they begin to decompose. Fortunately, you can prevent this problem by keeping your roof clean and free of debris. However, if you have plants growing near your roof (and you want to keep them) you'll need to do some extra work. Regularly prune plants growing on or near your roof to make sure they are not touching the roof.
While a flat roof is a great option for commercial buildings, it does require some upkeep. Use these tips, along with regular roof inspections by professionals like Columbia Roofing Inc, to keep your roof healthy, safe, and pleasing to the eye.