Flat roofs can last up to 35 years. When they are constructed with traditional materials (asphalt or tar), they only last 10 to 12 years. As Delaware top Home Contractors, experts at Ferris Home Improvement recommend regular checkups on your flat roof. The most common and one of the first signs of issues you can encounter is expensive water and mold damage to the interior of the home.
Repair Vs. Flat Roof Replacement
First thing in establishing whether you need to repair your flat roof is determining why it leaked if it is due to an extensive design flaw. One of the most common misconceptions is that a flat roof should be flat. To avoid water damage in the future, it is necessary to have a slight slant to direct the water to the downspout. That is when a skilled professional is needed to properly pitch the roof and carefully install metal flashing. Any hole could cause a leak, especially if water puddles form on top of the roof. Don’t try to patch the problematic area, as it is just a temporary solution!
5 Signs Your Flat Roof Needs Replacement
1. You have standing water on your roof and it rained days ago.
2. Your pipe collars are cracking, dry-rotting or deteriorating.
3. You have holes in your roof that are not properly covered.
4. You have consistent water damage inside your home.
5. Your roof is wavy or sunken in areas.
If your roof is experiencing any of the issues above and you’re ready to invest in a flat roof replacement, give us a call! Our roofing experts at Ferris Home Improvements will perform a thorough roof inspection on your home and suggest the best solutions. Now really is the perfect time to get your roof ready for the long winter months.
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