Where you will commonly find flat roofs
The roofing material used for your home or business will determine the method of the flat roof repair.
Many modern-style homes and commercial buildings are built with a flat or low-slope roof. You’ll also see this type of roof on home additions such as a porches and sunrooms. Even though flat roofs have become popular over the years and can last up to 50 years, they are particularly predisposed to leaks.
The most common materials used for flat roofs are:
- EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber)
- TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin)
- PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
- BUR (built-up roof)
- Modified bitumen.
BUR and Modified 1bitumen are mostly used for commercial buildings.
Most common causes of flat roof damage
While the most common damage is caused by standing water and leaking, there are other issues that can lead to flat roof repair:
- Alligatoring – When bituminous or SPF coating cracks, making a pattern similar to an alligator hide)
- Stretching & Degrading
Repairing a flat or low-slope roof
The most common material used on residential and commercial buildings is EPDM and it is possible to repair yourself if the area is small and you are inclined to do so. But, if the material is TPO or another type of rubber, it is recommended that you hire a professional to make the repairs.
If you have found a visible leak in your home or business, you may find it difficult to find the source of the leak on a flat roof. That is where we come in. As GAF licensed, professional roofers, we will thoroughly inspect your roof until the origin of the leak is found. Once located, we will remove any damaged wood or material, clean the area thoroughly, and restore the roof to its original condition.
How to prevent future leaks
As licensed general contractors, Unique Surfaces Roofing can construct a small slope for your roof to encourage water run-off. A minor slope can extend the life of your roof by years. We also inspect and, if needed, replace or install high quality flashing around chimneys and vents.