It’s likely that, if you have one, at some point you’ll experience problems with your flat roof. The basic design means that leaks and ponding water are regular issues and it may seem that the solutions are not straightforward. So, should you continue with repairs or look to replace?

Repair or replace

It’s understandable if the regular issues you’re experiencing with your flat roof are leading you to the thought of replacing it. However, depending on the severity of the problems, simple leaks might not warrant the cost and upheaval of a full replacement.

But when should replacing the roof be the option you choose? The first thing to do is to conduct a full inspection in the company of a flat roof expert. It’s important to use someone who understands how flat roofs work and can interpret fully what the implications may be. The only times when it’s likely that replacement would be the advice you receive would be either if the roof wasn’t installed properly in the first place or if the material that was initially used has now reached the end of its usable life.

Getting repairs done

There are certainly problems with your flat roof that you can repair yourself. However, particularly if it’s a commercial flat roof it’s always best to call in the experts such as All Seasons Industrial Roofing to do the work for you. This is definitely the case if you have a modified bitumen roof that will need a specialist approach to achieve a successful repair.

Often the source of problems with your flat roof can be difficult to locate and it will take an expert eye to find the issue.

For flat roofs with a single-ply membrane, avoid suggestions of using a roof coating. Coatings are usually very expensive and have a relatively short lifespan, sometimes only 2 -3 years. At this point the coating can begin to crack and leaks are quick to return.

Regular maintenance is vital

Whatever point you’re at with your roof regular maintenance is vitally important. You should inspect and maintain your roof at least once a year. Maintenance should include removing loose and embedded debris, checking seams and flashings and cleaning drains. You should assess your roof as soon as possible after a major snowfall, freeze and thaw or storm too. The savings that regular maintenance brings about can be substantial.

For help with problems with your flat roof or any other issues regarding your commercial or industrial roofing system in London and the Midlands make All Seasons Industrial Roofing your first call.