The Do’s and Don'ts of Low-Slope Roof Maintenance
Updated: Sep 29, 2021
When it comes to low-slope replacement roof systems, the old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” truly applies. Some of the most common low-slope roof problems relate to improper installation or lack of maintenance. An older roof will naturally experience more problems than a new roof, but with regular inspections and ongoing repairs, you can greatly extend the life and service of your roof.
You can help your low-slope roof survive longer by knowing the do’s and don'ts of roofing maintenance. Do’s
Clear Any Debris A healthy low-slope roofing system is always clean. If your property is surrounded by tall trees, keep an eye on fallen leaves. Remove dead foliage from the rooftop upon sight as it attracts moisture.
Inspect Your Roof Regularly Given that your roof has low slope, there is always a tendency for water to pool even with a good drainage system. Remember that pooled water can rot your roofing layers underneath and add some extra weight. Hence, it is essential to schedule timely inspections.
Check Your Drainage System Often As mentioned above, since your roof has a low or almost non-existent slope, keeping it dry will be your number one priority to avoid costly repairs. However, once it appears that water isn’t flowing properly in your downspouts, be sure to call in your contractor immediately.
Let the Nearby Trees Get Overgrown Roofing companies recommend that you keep branches back about six feet to prevent them from falling on your flat roof. Large branches can puncture your roof and cause structural damage while smaller twigs and leaves can clog your drains and cause water to collect on your roof.
Ignore Ice and Snow Buildup During the winter, be sure to clear away any snow and ice buildup. Snow in the center of your roof can melt and refreeze around the perimeter, causing it to block the drains when the weather turns cold again.
Take Pooling Water for Granted Ponding is indicative of a clogged drainage system. Address this problem with a sense of urgency for having an overnight pool at your rooftop could put a lot of stress on your flat roof.