If you currently have or plan on installing a flat roof or low slope roof in Rochester NY you may require various roofing services and maintenance during it’s lifetime that a pitch roof will not. The importance of first finding a roofing contractor that is experienced and certified in low slope installations is above all else. The highest quality flat roofing materials are meaningless if improperly installed. Make sure the roofing company you choose can provide you with referrals of other flat roof owners they have helped.
Do not be fooled by a less qualified roofer who may try to convince you that it is okay to install roofing shingles on a low slope roof if you apply an ice and water barrier underneath the shingles. This is wrong! Roofing shingles and underlayments are designed and manufactured to “shed” water which requires some pitch. They are not designed to hold out “pooling” water. In a situation with little to no slope(flat) water will pond and seep back under the shingles and cause damage to your home’s interior. This problem will only be amplified when winter sets in and ice damming occurs.
To properly shed water from a flat or low slope roof a top sheet needs to be applied with some form of adhesive or hot tar rather than fasteners so that “ponding” water can be directed to a roof drain or rain gutters and not get under the top sheet of roofing material. A proper base or mid ply must be adhered directly to an acceptable roof deck in order to provide REAL long term protection and comply with warranty standards.
Maintenance is of the up most importance when it comes to flat or low slope roofs. Keeping drains and gutters free of debris like sticks and leaves could mean the difference between years of headache free protection and a serious leak that could have easily been avoided. Most roofing companies offer roof maintenance programs which include cleaning roof drains and inspecting any roof flashing, caulking or seams in the flat roofing material. A well maintained low slope roof will last years longer than a neglected one.
It may be possible to repair your existing flat roof but that will depend greatly upon the age of the roof and the specific materials that were used in the original installation. If your flat roof is aging but still have some life to go, a flat roof restoration may be possible. An elastomeric, fiberized aluminum coating is applied to the entire roof surface to restore your flat roof to a newer state. Tis option is faster, easier and cheaper than a full roof replacement but fails to uncover potential leaks or damage in roof decking and flashing.
All low slope roofs from residential to commercial will eventually require roofing service to either repair or replace the roof. Performing small repairs and regular maintenance are the key to making a quality low slope roofing system stand the test of time. Above all else is the importance of hiring a reputable roofing company that specializing in flat roofing, is properly insured to perform roofing and has a longstanding record of quality roofing installations backed by superior customer service should any problem or defect ever arise.
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