Fall is just around the corner, so here’s what you should do to keep your flat roof in good shape.
With summer’s long warm days, homeowners often allay their concerns about any existing problems with their roofs until the arrival of fall. Instead of waiting, we recommend to make most of what remains of the current seasonable weather and take a moment to inspect your roof.
To start, plan for either the morning or late afternoon, when the roof is cooler and the risk of damaging your roof’s surface is minimal. Bring a camera with you to document any problems or concerns you may encounter during your inspection.
Take a look all around and make sure that there isn’t any obvious signs of damage, cracks, or seam separations to the main roof membrane. Carefully check the edges of the roof, particularly the metal trim around the roof perimeter (called “flashing”) for signs of corrosion, separation from the roof membrane, and storm damage. Check all roof accessories, like chimneys and vent pipes, making sure they are sealed properly, fastened securely, and aren’t suffering from heavy corrosion. As for gutters and downspout pipes, clear away any debris, remove any obstructions, check for damage/corrosion/separations, and ensure that they all hardware are properly fastened in place.
If you see anything worrying, take a photo and call a roofing professional for their opinion. Consider having your roof coated (or re-coated) with a U.V. protectant to shield it from the elements. If your roof requires maintenance, repair, or replacement, don’t wait — have it done while the good weather lasts!