Signs You Need To Replace A Flat Roof

Flat roofs are an alternative type of roof that provide a more affordable roofing option to the home on which they are installed. However, over time they will begin to degrade due to weather exposure, which can lead to leaks within your home or business which can be costly to repair and can promote mold and mildew growth. Thankfully, there are a number of warning signs you can look out for to determine when it's time to replace your flat roof.

Standing Water

Check to see if there is any pooled water on your flat roof after it rains outside. Standing water on your roof represents a buckled and uneven surface, which can disrupt drainage and increase the risks of a leak developing in your roof. You can check to see if there is uneven sloping on your flat roof even during a dry spell with a simple visual inspection: it just may be harder to spot. In any case, you should contact a professional immediately to begin work on repairing or replacing your flat roof before the standing water begins to damage the interior of the building.

Physical Damage

A visual inspection of your roof's surface can also show you signs of physical damage. Any missing parts of the roof, or rips in the material covering the roof exposing the undercoating of your roof, will require either a patch applied directly onto your roof or the replacement for the entire roof, depending on the type of flat roof and the extent of the damage in question. Additionally, you should check the seams and flashing around the installations (such as vents and pipes) on your roof for signs of damage. Cracked or missing seams and flashing can also let water into the building, and should be fixed immediately before the damage can spread to the rest of your roof.

Interior Water Damage

Any signs of water damage within your home are a clear indicator that your flat roof is leaking. If it occurs within your walls, it can be particularly hard to catch. Look out for any signs of discoloration or strange smells being emitted from certain areas of your home, as well as peeling paint and wallpaper or sagging plaster from the ceiling. All of these point to water leaking in through the roof and into the rest of your home, and you should contact a contractor, like one from HomeTowne Roofing, to examine your roof and repair the water damage as soon as possible, before mold begins to grow on the interior of your building.