Flat roofs need more maintenance than their sloped counterparts because debris collects on them rather than slide off. However, they’re also safer to walk on than sloped roofs. As long as you make sure you’re not causing damage to the roofing material as you work, it’s easy to keep them functional.
The fall and upcoming winter seasons can pose some problems for flat roofs, with colder temperatures and increased precipitation in the form of rain, hail, or snow. There are actions you can take now to prepare it for the cooler months ahead. Failure to adequately prepare your flat roof for the fall and winter months could result in extensive damage to both your flat roof and your home. If you notice any issues with your roof while doing maintenance, it’s essential to get your flat roof fixed before winter kicks into high gear.
There are some valuable tips for flat roof maintenance in the fall and winter months to avoid significant flat roof damage. Read below to find out how you can prepare your flat roof for the upcoming autumn season.
Keep Your Roof Clean
Maintenance and cleaning of your flat roof should be done year-round, but especially in the fall. Because debris more easily collects on flat roofs than on slanted roofs, it’s imperative to keep up on regular maintenance. This chore is pretty simple as flat roofs are easier and safer to walk on than slanted roofs, but make sure you don’t damage your roof as you walk on it, however.
Clearing off leaves, twigs and other debris from the roof’s surface and gutters is an essential task. Not doing so can result in severe punctures, bringing forth leaks and further water damage caused by excess snowmelt.
Inspect Your Roof
Seasonal flat roofing inspections are a good idea for flat roof owners, particularly in the fall before the extreme weather comes rolling in and tests your roof’s strength. Keeping drains and scuppers clear is the single-most-important maintenance task because backups there will trap standing water on the roof. If you have trees with branches that hang over or touch your roof, trim them back. You don’t want any old branches to fall onto or rub up against and scrape your roof.
Seasonal inspections are generally best left in the hands of a licensed professional, who will look for loose or open seams, gaps, holes, and cracked or rusted flashings. If your flat roof experiences any of these signs of wear and tear, it’s important to take care of them before the colder months commence. If left untreated, freezing cold temperatures, snow, and ice could make these problems worse and maintenance more difficult.
With leaves falling and fall in full swing, it is also the time of year to perform home maintenance in preparation for the upcoming winter months before the cooler weather and snowfall set in. Giving your roof a thorough inspection is one major task that must be on the top of your list this autumn.