Flat roofs are commonly found on commercial and industrial buildings—and they tend to develop a common set of problems as time passes. When these issues arise and you need a flat roof repair in the Philadelphia, PA, area, you can count on the team at Capital Coating to do a quality job and restore your roof to full working order!
Give us a call today at (717) 442-0979 to schedule a professional roofing estimate. One of our expert technicians will visit your location, thoroughly inspect your roof, and pinpoint any problems and trouble areas. We will then provide you with a detailed assessment of the issues we’ve found and the work that needs to be done and formulate the best possible plan to address all of your roofing problems.
Flat Roof Pros and Cons
Flat roofs are common and popular choices for commercial and industrial building owners and managers for many reasons. They are comparatively inexpensive, which is always attractive; and the presence of a flat roof essentially gives the building an extra floor of usable space where HVAC units, solar panels, storage facilities and more can be located. A flat roof is also easier to access than a roof that is sloped, which makes it easier and less expensive when repairs need to be made, equipment needs to be installed and maintained (like solar panels and satellite dishes), and when gutters need to be cleaned.
Like any type of roof, a flat roof also has its inherent drawbacks and lineup of problems. For example, drainage is a common issue when your building has a flat roof, as flat roofs do not drain as efficiently as pitched ones. This creates the issue of water remaining longer on a flat roof, which can speed up the breakdown of the roofing materials and ultimately lead to leaks—particularly along the roofing seams.
One strong indicator that your flat roof urgently needs repairs is ponding water, or water that stays on the roof for more than 48 hours after a storm. Other signs of trouble include cracks, tears, blistering and impaired flashings.
Various causes can lead to problems on your flat roof, including:
- Pooling water
- Storm damage
- Improper previous repairs
- UV damage
- Excessive weathering
- Building movement
- Loose membrane bonds
- Straight-line winds
Flat Roof Repair
The professional roofing technicians at Capital Coating are specially trained to spot problems that are harming your structure—issues like roof penetration, trapped moisture or debris beneath the membrane, splits, holes or blisters. Our techs will also inspect all of the access points on your roof, like skylights, to make sure they were installed properly and are not causing issues themselves. Give us a call today at (717) 442-0979 to schedule a professional roof evaluation!