Some homeowners can be worried about having a flat roof on their property, and they’ve certainly got a bad reputation over the years. However, many properties in Shropshire have flat roofs installed, especially around the Shrewsbury area where there are 1970s style homes with flat roof garages or extensions.
Luckily, there’s plenty you can do to keep your flat roof at its best, from having it examined by roofers to having basic maintenance carried out.
Here are some tips to follow if you have a flat roof on your property.
Get the roof inspected
When you move into a property with a flat roof, you should make sure you get someone out to look at it as soon as possible. Calling in expert roofing contractors is the best way to ensure the roof has been properly inspected, and they can give you the best advice. Some things they’ll be looking out for include:
- Damage to the waterproofing
- Any split areas
- Any ‘ponds’ caused by water pooling
- Whether the roof has been properly finished
Many of the above issues can be fixed fairly easily, but with older roofs, it may be worth replacing the roof completely, as this will ensure your home is safe from leaks and damp.
If your flat roof is on the ground floor, like many Shropshire properties that have garages or extensions, then you can get a quick visual by climbing a short ladder, but may want a second opinion from the experts.
Clean and check your gutters
Your gutters are an essential part of your home, as they keep rain, dirt, and debris away from your roof, preventing damage and leaks.
If you have a flat roof, you should check your gutters regularly, and get them cleaned after the autumn months when they can often get clogged with debris. If your gutters are clear, but you still have damage, bring in flat roofing specialists who’ll be able to diagnose the problem and offer advice on maintenance. Debris can often collect on flat roofs too, so keep nearby trees well-trimmed, and check the roof after storms.
Find out the age of your roof
If you’re buying a place with a flat roof, it’s worth finding out how long it has been since installation, as this will help you work out how long it’ll be before you have to pay for a replacement. Sometimes, interim repairs can be carried out with the right roofing supplies, but after a while it’s often better to opt for a new roof.
Modern flat roofs can sometimes have guarantees of up to 20 years but can last between 20 and 30 if well looked after. However, older flat roofs don’t tend to be as robust, which means when you move into properties from the 1990s or so, then it might be time for a new one.
For expert advice on flat and other roofing, get in touch with Cooper & Williams Ltd at Forton Heath, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, SY4 1HA. Simply call 01743 850711, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more or get a free quote.