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Flat Roof Building Maintenance

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Here at Eagle Rivet, we provide both building and repair services of flat roofing. Flat roofing has been growing in popularity, and is becoming one of the top commercial building roofs. However, flat roofs require repair from time-to-time. Our experienced contractors  have expertise in doing both services. It is important to observe flat roof well for leaks to catch them early. If a leak has formed, the area around it can start blistering, and that portion of the wall will have to be removed. If the leak forms for too long, the repair will be much larger and more costly.

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Why Purchase a Flat Roof?

Many buildings such as large commercial and residential buildings, require flat roofs. Any other type of roof would not be as sufficient for these large buildings. Constructing a peak roof for a large commercial building would be more costly to build and maintain heat and air conditioning.
Flat roofs have have been used for years even dating back to the construction of mud homes. We have since used the technology and success from flat roofs back in history to this day today. Flat roofs we use now have similar ways of using tar or pitch to cover up cracks, and in the mid-20th century, tar roofs were very popular. We had found a way to use similar technology that is cheaper to install and remove, is energy efficient, and is a more lightweight material from petroleum polymers.

What are some of the Flat Roofing Materials?

Common materials used today in flat roofing vary based on what the customer wants. They vary from price to level of durability. In today’s roofing industry there are 3 of the most common types of flat roofing systems: built-up roofing- which is layers of tar paper or tar liquid mixed with different materials, single-ply membranes: which is one layer of strips with EPDM, TPO, or another type of polymer, and finally spray on roofing – which is a spray foam insulation placed over a substrate.
The most common type of roofing out of all three systems would be the single-ply, although they all have their benefits and weaknesses. Each membrane, like TPO OR EPDM, are single-ply and sold in a large roll. They are placed down on top of a roof, and based on the material chosen, placed with heat or glue.

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How to Repair Flat Roof Leaks

Flat roofs are commonly used on larger buildings, such as a commercial supermarket, but they can also be used on residential buildings. For instance, a single-family home can have a flat roof system, which are especially beneficial on garages, sheds or for add-ons. The benefit to having  flat roof on a small building is when you repair a leak, you can do it as an easy DIY project with simple tools.

For large roofs and roof leaks, they would have to be done by a roofing expert. On large buildings, it will require a roofing expert t climb the building with a ladder, and also use industrial grade tools to fix a larger roof leak.

For routine maintenance to flat roofs, if a roof does not develop leaks, the EPDM material should be reapplied every 7-10 years. If you wait too long to replace the membrane, additional future costs will be added since the membrane is the fastest of the roofing system to degrade. A professional roofing contractor should also handle this job, so if you need your flat roof system reapplied, contact us today!