Flat roofs are popular for many commercial buildings, businesses, and condos across the United States. However, because flat roofs are more directly exposed to the heat of the sun and to large volumes of water and snow which don't quickly drain, flat roof maintenance is very important.
Flat roofs are common on commercial buildings for several reasons. Some of the reasons flat roofs are popular are:
By hiring commercial flat roofing contractors, your flat roof will be installed correctly and have increased longevity. You won’t have to worry about water or snow damage for quite some time.
Flat roofs are more common in commercial buildings because they provide more usable space for the business. They are also easier to maintain because they are easier to get to and walk on. Sloped roofs are not as easy nor as safe to walk on as flat roofs. While sloped roofs usually require a ladder to gain access, flat roofs usually can be accessed through a door. The flat surface also allows flat roofing contractors to find leaks and damages easier and fix them in a quicker time.
If a flat roof is properly installed, it should last anywhere from 20 to 30 years as long as it is regularly maintained. A flat roof can also give you more space to increase a building’s energy efficiency. Solar panels can be installed easily on flat roofs, which can help you save money on your electric bill. Damschroder Roofing is currently partnering with an energy-efficient company on the application of solar panels to commercial buildings and helping companies go green.
Maintaining a flat roof is a difficult job since flat roofs don't drain water as quickly as sloped roofs, thus they must be fully impermeable to moisture. It's crucial to pay attention to detail; there are no shortcuts when it comes to building a flat roof. A correctly installed flat roof can last for years and offer excellent protection.
A properly built flat roof can last a long time, but frequent maintenance is required. A little leak or flaw may quickly get out of control if it isn't addressed promptly, and flat roof repair is needed. Inspections on a regular basis can prevent a problem from developing. If your roof has been exposed to severe weather such as the severe snow, ice, or hail, that we get in the northern parts of the US, it's probably time to have our technicians take a look at it.
While a complete replacement is the most extreme solution, sometimes it's the only way to ensure your roof will last for years to come. If your roof is older, or you notice the signs that you have a roof leak, it may be time for a flat roof replacement. One of our professional flat roofing technicians will be able to examine your roof, to see if replacement is necessary, and can also offer guidance on the best type of replacement for your roof.
Roof coatings for flat roofs are becoming increasingly popular as a way to extend the life of a roof without having to replace it. A roof coating is applied directly over the existing roof, and can provide many years of protection from the elements. Roof coatings can also be used to repair minor leaks and damage, making them a cost-effective solution for prolonging the life of your roof.
Damschroder is proud to offer flat roofing services in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan, and Indiana. We have the necessary experience and expertise to build or repair your flat roof the right way. Contact us today for more information!