Here in Delaware, fall and winter signal the onset of colder temperatures and increased precipitation in the form of rain or snow. With these changes, it’s important to make sure that your flat roof is prepared to endure anything that comes up during these seasons. Failure to do so could result in extensive – and expensive – damage to both your roof and your home.
In order to avoid these problems, here are some useful tips for flat roof maintenance to help you properly prepare your flat roof for the fall and winter:
Inspect Your Roof
Roof inspections are often best left in the hands of roofing professionals, but taking a quick look at your flat roof for any potential problems is always a good idea. When inspecting your flat roof, you’ll want to look for open or loose seams, gaps, separations, loose roof edges, and cracked or rusted flashings. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to take care of these problems before the fall and winter. Snow melt can cause leaks and make these problems worse, and frigid temperatures make repairs and maintenance that much more difficult.
Clean & Maintain Your Roof
Flat roof maintenance should be completed throughout the year, but it’s especially important in the fall and winter. You’ll want to remove any leaves, twigs, or debris from the roof’s surface and ensure gutters are cleaned out. Failure to do so could result in punctures to your roof’s membrane or water damage caused by excess snowmelt.
Inspect the Surroundings Areas
It is not uncommon for snowstorms to knock over trees. That’s why you should inspect the areas surrounding your flat roof. If you notice any trees that are old, weak, or rotted, you may want to have them cut down before the fall and winter to avoid punctures to your roof’s membrane or other damage. Also, be aware of any surrounding buildings or structures that could cause snowdrifts to build up on your flat roof. Try to address these concerns and have an action plan prepared in the event that fallen trees or snow drifts cause damage to your flat roof.
Flat Roofing Specialist are here to help
Preparing your flat roof for the fall and winter isn’t always easy, but there’s no need to stress. Simply reach out to our professional roofing specialists. We can inspect your flat roof and even provide a timely roof replacement before the fall and winter to ensure your property is prepared for Mother Nature’s worst. We can install single-ply roofing, modified bitumen, and built-up flat roofing systems.