Flat roofs are notoriously vulnerable to moisture damage. Without proper care and maintenance, their protective features will start to fail. Allied Construction Services, one of the top commercial general contractors in the state, lists below the warning signs and how to find them.
Peeling or Blistering Paint on the Roof’s Surface
UV rays can quickly break down a roof’s surface, turning it brittle. Once cracks start to form, it’s only a matter of time until water infiltrates your roof. Paint protects the roof membrane from UV rays. As soon as you see blistering paint or bubbles holding water, apply a fresh coat of paint.
Nowadays, however, paint just isn’t enough. Roof coatings can provide better protection for your roof. To maximize the protection it provides, ask a roof system services company which kind of coating is the right one for your roof.
Flat roofs aren’t completely flat. They’re slightly elevated so that rainwater can flow into drains. However, leaves and all sorts of debris can easily clog a flat roof’s drainage system.
You need to keep the drains free of debris because flat roofs can’t handle water well. As a general rule, you need to get rid of ponding water on your flat roof. Otherwise, water might find its way to your roof’s underlayers. The additional weight from standing water might even cause parts of your flat roof to collapse.
Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. Most of the early warning signs are easy to miss. To make sure your roof’s waterproofing issues are addressed before they worsen, schedule a roof inspection. Just make sure to hire an experienced contractor.
Allied Construction Services, a contractor with more than two decades’ worth of experience, offers professional commercial roofing and industrial construction services. For inquiries, call us at (925) 297-5788. Or leave us a message on this form. We serve homeowners in San Jose, CA.