In our last blog we looked at the most common flat roof issues. This post will offer tips and guidance on how you can inspect your roof in order to spot these problems before they end up costing you an arm and a leg! Rubber roof maintenance might sound like a big task, however a simple check over is easy enough and will help you take action before the small problems threaten the condition of your whole roof. Before carrying out any of these steps, ensure that your roof is safe and that you feel physically able to undertake the roof examination. Make sure your ladder is safe and secure, and consider asking somebody to stand at the bottom during the inspection in case you need assistance. If you are unsure, we advise getting a professional to help you.
At Waterproof Systems, we recommend you carry out a rubber roof maintenance inspection at least twice a year. These should be spread out over the course of the year so that you can monitor the effects of adverse weather and damage caused over time. One of these inspections should also be after heavy rainfall to see how effectively your flat roof drains the water. If the water is still there and pooling on the roof 72 hours or more after the last rainfall, this may indicate that your rubber roof has been poorly installed and thus requires some maintenance repairs.
Many of the things to look out for are easy to spot, and you can respond to these problems very quickly. Obvious clues such as tears, punctures, sagging or holes in the membrane also indicate that your roof has been poorly installed and may require some rubber roof maintenance. One thing to look out for during the inspection, that you can easily fix yourself, is debris like sticks and leaves scattered across your roof or in any surrounding drainage systems. Debris like this can make it harder for water to drain from your roof, while sharp rubble like rocks and sticks can also cause physical damage to the roof meaning a greater risk of tears and punctures. If you have an EPDM rubber roof, this risk is greatly reduced because it’s such a durable material. Nonetheless, it’s still always good to check!
Another area to inspect is between the joints and seams of your roof. This includes any parts of the roof where the membrane is adhered together. Rubber roof maintenance repairs may be required if you find gaps between the joints and seams, as this is a common cause of water leakage and once again probably the result of poor workmanship.
EPDM rubber, when installed correctly, should not suffer from things like cracks and splits due to the flexibility of the membrane. What’s more, you’ll find that most of the common flat roof issues are the result of poor workmanship or damage to the roof by other tradesmen. Despite these facts, it’s still a good idea to carry out rubber roof maintenance checks from time to time. Carrying out these easy inspections can save you money in the long run. The same goes for your initial installation costs. Spending a little more money by choosing a reputable company in the first place will definitely save you money in the long run!
Just remember, if your roof is difficult to access or looks at all unsafe, it might be best to call a professional to help you to inspect your roof. These checks are easy enough but if you are unsure whether your roof is safe enough to inspect, it is always better to put your health and safety first and call in an expert for advice.