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Flat Roof Maintenance Checklist

Flat roof maintenance is easier to carry out when the weather is kinder, so late spring or summer is an ideal time to check the state of your flat roof. Use this flat roof maintenance checklist guide to make sure you’ve considered all aspects of your flat roof and any other structural areas that could create problems for you.

Flat Roof Maintenance Alternative-Firestone RubberCoverTip: You can minimise the number of inspections you need to do for flat roof maintenance when you install an EPDM rubber roof, that’s guaranteed for 20 years but has a life expectancy of 50 years.

OK, let’s get on with the inspection checklist. But first…

How Will You Access Your Flat Roof?

A flat roof can often be easily accessed for inspection, but carrying out remedial work may be more of a challenge.

Before you start your inspection, or in fact do any flat roof maintenance, please consider how you can safely access it. You may be able to reach your flat roof via a long ladder but once you are at the top of the ladder can you clearly see all areas without having to stretch out – and maybe overbalance?

Your 5-Step Flat Roof Maintenance Checklist:

  1. A Flat Roof Maintenance inspection reveals pondingWater Pooling

Pools of water on your flat roof may not seem to be much of an issue but if you are getting a lot of standing water (i.e. pools remain 48 hours after rain has stopped) it can saturate your flat roof cover and eventually degrade the material. When this happens you get leaks into your property and, potentially, structural damage too.

These pools of water are known as ‘ponding’. The only signs of ponding you are likely to see in drier weather is staining where water has stood for some time. For this reason, it is advisable to do some of your flat roof maintenance inspection 48 hours after it has stopped raining, or snow has melted away, to check if there is any ponding.

  1. Bubbling or Blistering

 When you carry out your flat roof maintenance inspection check for raised, spongy patches. These are likely to be caused by trapped air or moisture in the felt layers. The trapped air or moisture separates the layers and can reduce the waterproof properties of your flat roof cover.

  1. Debris

 During your flat roof maintenance inspection check for any debris that could puncture or damage the felting. Any stones, sharp sticks (e.g. branches blown off trees) should be removed and the roof surface checked for any tears or holes.

  1. Ridging

 Are there long narrow cracks on your flat roof? If so, it is an indication that moisture has condensed by the insulation joints under the bituminous felt. Excessive ridging may mean your flat roof needs re-covering.

  1. Guttering Inspection

 Whilst you are inspecting before carrying out any flat roof maintenance it is sensible to check the state of any guttering and downpipes attached to your flat roof. Clear any debris, such as leaf mould, to make sure that water can drain off the roof during any rainfall.

After Checking which Flat Roof Maintenance Tasks are Needed..

After you have completed your inspection you need to decide if any flat roof maintenance is required. If there is a lot of damage or signs that your roof covering is no longer waterproof it may have to be replaced.

Replacement better than frequent flat roof maintenance workIf that is the case, then I would suggest considering a long-term solution such as an EPDM rubber covering for your flat roof.

Take a look at our recommended flat roofing solution that is guaranteed for 20 years and has a life expectancy of 50 years. Replacing your flat roof covering with EPDM rubber almost eliminates the necessity for regular flat roof inspections.

 

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The Pride of a Job Well Done

Once we’ve completed the work on their fascias, soffits or guttering, many of our clients tell us that their strongest feeling is one of pride. While they may have previously been embarrassed by the way their roof line looked, they can now take pride in a clean, beautifully  finished roof line that provides the perfect finishing touch the ‘look and f eel’ of their property.

Sometimes, people are prompted to address problems around the roof line when they realise that their property is looking under-maintained in comparison with their neighbours. Even though the fascias or soffits may be in reasonable shape in physical terms, it only takes a few years for paintwork to start looking tatty. In contrast, replacing the roof line with uPVC (plastic) materials transforms the appearance of the whole property, putting nearby properties in the shade.

While the roof line may not immediately seem the most prominent or eye-catching part of a property, improving this area can actually have a dramatic impact on the visual appeal of your home. Although the roof line area itself is small, the eye is naturally drawn to it because it forms the boundary between roof and wall. That’s why flaking paintwork or splitting timbers can stand out a mile – but a brand-new roof line in Upvc finishes of f a property beautifully, providing a strong sense of reassurance both to the home-owner and to any potential buyer too. While you may not be anticipating selling your property any time soon, it’s always reassuring to know that if you did need to, f or whatever reason, the exterior is already well-maintained and looking good.

Replacing all the elements of your roof line gives you the peace of mind of knowing that you don’t have to worry about them f or years to come. All our materials and workmanship are guaranteed f or at least 10 years, so you can relax in the knowledge that whatever happens, you’ll be enjoying a great-looking roof line f or decades with no maintenance or replacement costs. And that’s a feeling that you simply can’t get from traditional wood and paint.

On top of that, the f act that the roof line has been fully inspected during the course of our work gives additional reassurance that the purlings, roofing felt and other elements are definitely sound, free from damp and now fully protected. It’s a really good feeling!

For any information or to book a Free Quotation f or your Fascia work call 01603 872 049