Flat roofs are stylish and can be easy to maintain if done correctly. Though it’s not as common on residential properties, El Paso roofers are familiar with the style.
Some Commonsense Rules for Maintaining a Flat Roof
Flat roofs demand more attention than pitched roofs, but depending on your situation, flat might be the better bet.
Flat roofs require more maintenance than do sloped roofs because debris tends to collect on them. But they’re safer to walk on than sloped roofs. As long as you’re careful not to damage the roofing material as you work, it’s easy to keep them functional.
Bruce O’Neal of Matthews Roofing in Chicago says keeping drains and scuppers clear is the single-most-important maintenance task, because backups there will trap standing water on the roof.
Fall is a good time to sweep off leaves and dirt that would turn into mulch over the winter. “We’ve seen trees growing out of poorly maintained roofs,” says O’Neal.
Trees on the ground are a problem too. “Low branches that could scrape the roof should be removed before they cause damage,” he says. He also advises checking the flashing for cracked caulking, which can be easily removed and replaced.
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