Winter Maintenance for Flat RoofsJanuary 31, 2018
Flat roofs are a beautiful architectural feature, adding a sense of sleekness and modernity to any home. They are heavily under utilised though, and perhaps for good reason: they can need rather a lot of cleaning. That is, even if they’re slightly pitched, “flat” roofs are bound to collect more snow, leaves and other debris. However, don’t let this stop you, you simply need to be prepared, especially during the winter months.
So, with that in mind, this month the team at Protech Roofing will be offering some tips on how to care for your flat roof during winter, so you can enjoy its profile all year round.
Cut back overhanging trees
Cleaning the debris from your roof may help deal with the symptoms of your problem, but if you can cut back any overhanging trees, you’re going to save yourself a lot of hassle from the outset, especially if you manage to do it before winter even arrives.
Alongside slowing down the buildup of debris, you will also eliminate the chance of any larger branches breaking off and damaging your roof, an eventuality you certainly want to avoid.
Clear away any debris
Once you have ensured there are no overhanging branches and autumn is in full swing, it’s time to start clearing away any debris from your roof. The buildup of leaves, rain and other debris can become waterlogged very easily, a problem which can quickly lead to leaks if left unattended. Since you’ve got a flat roof, you can make good use of a sweeping brush, just make sure you don’t sweep too aggressively as to not damage your roof.
Check for cracks and indentations
Checking for cracks, holes and dents is another necessity, and can be done much more thoroughly once you’ve given your roof a good sweep. If you notice any puddling then this shouldn’t be ignored either, as this can indicate concave areas which need to be leveled to guard against leakage.
Any problems? Don’t skimp on repairs
Once you’ve gone to the trouble of sweeping away debris and checking your roof for indentations, if you find a problem, then make sure you set about getting it fixed as soon as possible. If you decided to leave, the problem is almost bound to get more severe, and will only end up costing more money in the long run. Further, if you leave your roof unrepaired, you run the risk of it actually collapsing. Although this is rather unlikely, this is not something you want to be faced with during winter.
Have the winter months taken their toll on your roof? For expert roofing contractors in the Leeds area, look no further than Protech Roofing. We have over 25 years of experience providing and installing top quality roofs for commercial, domestic and industrial clients alike. Respectable and professional, we can be trusted to offer roofing surveys and assessments to find the right solutions for our customers. For more information, simply get in touch today.
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