While flat roofs are mostly a commercial roofing system, sometimes you come across a residential property that’s different. Whether you own a residential or commercial property, here’s some things to look for to determine if your flat roof needs a repair or replacement. Let’s look at what to look for in this type of roofing system.

When Does a Flat Roof Need Fixing?

Some of the most common issues with flat roofs include:

  • Cracks
  • Dips
  • Melting
  • Warping

Each of these contributes to the overall degradation of the flat roof over time. Since flat roofs are taking the brunt of weather and sunlight, as opposed to a slope roof which isn’t constantly being hit by the above, it can be easy for cracks and warping to start causing larger issues, such as leaking and drafts.

Twice a year, flat roofs should be inspected by roofing professionals. While this may seem like a burden, it’s preventative and should be treated as such. By having a roofer come out and walk your flat roof, you can repair any issues that have popped up. If you opt not to, when you finally decide to take care of an issue, it may be too late and you’ll be forced to replace the roof as opposed to repair it.

If your building or home is in a storm-prone area, leaking with a flat roof should be a major concern. Even the smallest of cracks can cause the biggest leaks. This is another reason why you need to have a roofer walk the roof twice a year. Your flat roof may be leaking after a storm and because it hasn’t leaked inside the building yet, you may not notice it. The longer a leak goes on, the more likely it is you’ll have to replace the roofer sooner than you wanted to.