Of all the flat roof products on the market, three stand out as having the highest quality and lasting the longest: Duro-Last, TPO membranes, and rubber membranes (EPDM). Below we explore each and discuss their best applications on a commercial rooftop.
Although they achieve the same function, the very design of a flat roof is different from that of a pitched roof. There are instances in which a residential building may have a flat roof, but flat roofs are generally assumed to be for commercial or industrial buildings. Likewise, people tend to understand what maintenance their house's pitched roof requires but aren't sure about what the flat roof of a commercial building needs. Although flat roofs are typically quite sound and do the job they were intended for, there are a number of reasons why a flat roof might leak.
Your roof is the largest area of space exposed to the elements when it comes to your commercial building. As such, your roof will sustain a lot of damage over the years. You can eliminate the extensive roof work by getting your roof inspected annually so that repairs don’t get too bad. Below you will find a few problems that could lead to serious problems without an annual roof inspection.
If you own a commercial building you own a roof and understand the need for routine maintenance in order to keep the roof functioning properly. Inspections are part of regular maintenance, as the inspection addresses potential problem areas before they have the chance to cause structural issues to the building. The standard routine is to have an annual inspection, and that will take care of ordinary problem areas as they arise. Some years, according to the weather, you may need an additional inspection to quickly find damage caused by a specific storm before the roof leak causes internal damage to your building.
Flat and pitched roofs each offer distinct advantages over the other, depending on personal needs and preference for any particular building. There is a reason you typically see flat roofs on commercial and industrial buildings while finding pitched roofs more common for houses and residential buildings. Essentially, it comes down to the way the roof works structurally and the cost over time considering the initial install and ongoing maintenance budgets.
If you own a building with a flat roof, you probably have questions about how the roofing system works, and why it is different than a traditional pitched roof. If you work in such a building, you may have questions about it as well, whether as a function of your job duties or simply out of curiosity. A flat roof does function differently than a pitched roof, but maintains the same overall goal of protecting the inside of the building from the weather and elements. The life of a typical flat roof is fairly consistent and predictable, according to where you live and assuming it was installed and maintained by a reputable local contractor.
Flat roofs are popular on commercial buildings; however, they can come with a host of problems. Luckily, these can easily be avoided with proper maintenance. Here are four reasons that you may want to consider routine maintenance, which will keep your roof in tip-top condition and avoid many repairs.
Financially the cost of a repair will be a lot more friendly on your budget than a full roof replacement. However if you do not front the repairs now, you will likely have no choice but to replace the entire roof sooner than you may think.
Commercial flat roof inspections are a necessity. You want to make sure your flat roof has as long of a life as possible, so having it regularly inspected is beneficial to you and your wallet. Here are a few things we look at when we come out for an inspection.GuttersWe will take a look at your building’s gutters to ensure they are clean and not in need of repair or replacement. If your gutters back up, water can back up onto the commercial flat roof and cause leaks and other damage. Making sure your gutters are clear of debris is just one step of our inspection process.HVAC UnitWe will inspect the HVAC unit and the area around it to ensure the unit is properly mounted. If the HVAC unit or the structure that holds it needs repaired or replaced, we will see that and let you know. If there is water pooling around the base of your HVAC unit, we’ll take measures to repair it.FlashingThe roof’s flashing is another part we’ll look at. We will look for flashing that is torn, loose or missing. We’ll look to make sure ...