4 Reasons Your Flat Roof Needs To Be Inspected

When rain, snow and ice come down, the roof is the first thing that it all hits. Therefore, it can suffer extensive damage over time. With an annual roof inspection, you can help minimize the amount of repairs that are needed. Here are four of the types of problems that you may encounter if you fail to get that annual inspection:

  1. Worn Membrane

If you have a waterproof membrane that was installed properly initially, it should last around 20 years – possibly even more. If the membrane ever begins to leak, though, it can result in mold and mildew. Luckily, a yearly inspection can catch a problem with the roof membrane early on so that it can be repaired.

  1. Drainage Issues

While it is true that a flat roof is assumed to be flat, they actually have a slight angle to them. The angle isn’t anywhere near the angle that you see on residential roofs, though, so you must ensure that there is proper drainage. Usually, drainage problems come in when there is a blockage with the rainwater outlets, often caused by leaves, twigs and other debris. An annual inspection can check for these types of issues.

  1. Reduced Heat Loss

Flat roofs are relatively energy-efficient, they can deteriorate over time, which leads to poorer performance. When this happens, there is a loss of heat in the attic and roof, leading to ice dams forming throughout the winter – and ice dams are not good for your roof. During an annual inspection, a roofing professional will look at your roof for damage caused specifically by ice dams so that the damage can be repaired before it worsens.

  1. Detect Holes

On flat roofs, and any other kind of roof, holes appear anywhere and of any size. Holes leads to a loss of energy and, potentially, leaks. A yearly inspection will detect the location of holes and the severity of these holes so that they can be repaired before they cause any further damage to the roof or the interior of your building.

Your roof is the one part of your building that protects your employees, your equipment and everything else inside from weather elements and other environmental hazards. Therefore, it is important that you have it undergo an annual inspection to ensure that all problems – minor and major – are repaired immediately. Minor problems can be repaired before they turn into major, and most costly, issues. Contact Magnolia Group GC to schedule your annual flat roof inspection.