Does Your Flat Roof Need Maintenance, Repair, or Replacement?

Flat roofs are expected to, and usually do, last a lifetime. They are designed to last a lifetime, but are also designed with the expectation they will receive annual inspections and routine maintenance as needed. On the rare occasion a repair is needed, the basic layout of a flat roof demands it be conducted immediately before it causes more problems and more expensive repairs.

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The Features and Benefits of Duro-Last Commercial Roofing

Duro-Last commercial roofing has been around since the late 70’s. For almost 40 years it has grown to become the most popular type of commercial roofing in the industry. Commercial and large-scale building contractors use Duro-Last roofs regularly across the U.S. This amazing product has become a staple in the industry.

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Does a Commercial Flat Roof Ever Need Replacement?

Flat roofs are sometimes utilized to great effect with residential home designs but are typically considered for industrial or commercial buildings. Flat roofs provide a proven rugged durability which will likely outlive your lifespan, but everything has a breaking point and even flat roofs need maintenance or on occasion have to be replaced.

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Which Type of Commercial Roof is Best for You?

Of all the flat roof products on the market, three stand out as having the highest quality and lasting the longest: Duro-Last, TPO membranes, and rubber membranes (EPDM). Below we explore each and discuss their best applications on a commercial rooftop.

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Why Is My Flat Roof Leaking?

Although they achieve the same function, the very design of a flat roof is different from that of a pitched roof. There are instances in which a residential building may have a flat roof, but flat roofs are generally assumed to be for commercial or industrial buildings. Likewise, people tend to understand what maintenance their house's pitched roof requires but aren't sure about what the flat roof of a commercial building needs. Although flat roofs are typically quite sound and do the job they were intended for, there are a number of reasons why a flat roof might leak.

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How to Ensure You Have Proper Drainage with a Flat Roof

When it comes to the roofing, ensuring that your roof is problem-free is essential. It’s even more important when it comes to your commercial roofing. Problems like leaks and mold are magnified when it comes to roofing because if you neglect it, you can be sued by a customer or reported to OSHA by an employee. Fortunately, there are easy ways to ensure that your flat commercial roof is problem-free when it comes to your drainage and avoid costly roofing repairs before they happen.

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Why Should You Have Your Flat Roof Inspected?

Your roof is the largest area of space exposed to the elements when it comes to your commercial building. As such, your roof will sustain a lot of damage over the years. You can eliminate the extensive roof work by getting your roof inspected annually so that repairs don’t get too bad. Below you will find a few problems that could lead to serious problems without an annual roof inspection.

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Annual Versus Seasonal Flat Roof Inspections

If you own a commercial building you own a roof and understand the need for routine maintenance in order to keep the roof functioning properly. Inspections are part of regular maintenance, as the inspection addresses potential problem areas before they have the chance to cause structural issues to the building. The standard routine is to have an annual inspection, and that will take care of ordinary problem areas as they arise. Some years, according to the weather, you may need an additional inspection to quickly find damage caused by a specific storm before the roof leak causes internal damage to your building.

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Flat Roof Replacement and Repair

Everybody understands a flat roof is a different design style than a pitched roof, as the flat roof uses different engineering and architectural concepts to maintain its structural integrity. Common sense says the flat roof is going to need routine inspection, maintenance, and occasional repair or replacement, but the average layman isn't likely to understand the intricate details of such procedures. Fortunately, a little research can make you familiar with the general needs of your roof and there are professional roofing specialists available to help with the specific needs of your building.

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Why Flat Roofs are Better for Commercial and Industrial Buildings

Flat and pitched roofs each offer distinct advantages over the other, depending on personal needs and preference for any particular building. There is a reason you typically see flat roofs on commercial and industrial buildings while finding pitched roofs more common for houses and residential buildings. Essentially, it comes down to the way the roof works structurally and the cost over time considering the initial install and ongoing maintenance budgets.

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