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How to Repair a Flat Roof

Flat rooms are more commonly used in commercial buildings, but you will see that there are some residential homes that have flat roofs installed on them. It is difficult for the inexperienced to install a flat roof, and what happens when this is the case is that the flat roof will need repair even before it reaches its minimum life expectancy.

If a flat roof is installed with a single ply rubber membrane, it usually leaks easily and will require repairs. This type of material is not what was used before where the flat roofing was made up of a base sheet and multiple layers of felt paper and hot asphalt or coal tar. With the use of a gravel cover, the flat roofing materials increased its life. This type of flat roofing is called built up roofing. When used residentially, the built up roofing outlasts the roof that uses single ply rubber membrane despite using less high tech materials. And the reason for this is because of the inconsistency in installation procedures.

If you want to replace your flat roof instead of repairing it because of expense, then you should hire a roofing contractor that has experience in installing flat roofs. It is important that you check their references before signing the contract. It can be difficult to find a competent roofer that knows how to install flat roofing on a residence. You don’t automatically be an expert in installing flat rubber roofs properly even if you know how to install asphalt shingle roofing. There are flat roof installers around who would prefer to work on commercial flat roof installations rather than residential roof installation, but it is still not impossible to find a good flat roofer for residential applications.

There are many materials used in new flat roof installations today. Single ply membrane is used in most low slope commercial roofing. PVC membrane or self adhering membrane system are some of the newer materials used and these use hot air welded seams. Roofing contractors would use materials that fits their preferences. A roofing contractor with many years of experience is the ideal contractor to hire. There are materials that work best in extreme heat or cold and this means that your location can make a difference.

There are some options to repair your single ply membrane flat roof. Leaks usually occurs at the seams so in order to repair it your will need black rubber glue or a peel and stick flashing material with a rubber primer that covers the seams of the membrane.

Your flat roof’s life can be extended for a limited period with this repair. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money for repair materials since they don’t come in small quantities, you should find a roofing contractor who will sell you the amount that you need.

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