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Essential Flat Roof Maintenance Tips For Business Owners

Is your business in a building that has a flat roof that you are responsible for maintaining? If so, it helps to understand what kind of maintenance you should be doing to keep the roof in good condition. 

Apply A Reflective Roof Coating

One of the downsides of having a roof that's flat is how it is exposed to the sun throughout the entire day. There is not a peak of the roof that will help block off the sun and give it a rest from direct sunlight throughout the day. This is why the roof needs a coating to help reflect the sun when possible. 

A reflective roof coating can be very easily applied to a flat roof and goes on much like paint. The only difference with reflective coating is that it must be applied with paint strokes in one direction. This helps ensure that the metal fibers in the paint are spread across the entire surface and provide the most amount of possible reflection.

Remove Ponding Water

A flat roof isn't completely flat since there is a slight slope that helps direct all that water to the gutters or drains. However, you can still have issues where water is ponding on the roof's surface. This will cause the roofing material to deteriorate prematurely and require roof replacement sooner rather than later. The best thing you can do is try to fix these areas where water is pooling, which may involve looking at what is happening underneath the roof. Ask a roofing contractor to fix these small problems before they turn into much bigger ones.

Remove Snow

A flat roof doesn't have the advantage of being able to naturally shed the snow after it falls on the surface. You should take a look at your roof after a big snowfall and actually plan to shovel snow off the roof if there is a ton of it. You do not want to damage your roof by having too much weight on its surface, which can easily happen during a big snowstorm. Just make sure to not damage the roof by using a metal shovel and aggressively scraping the surface. Your goal should be to remove snow and reduce the weight.

These are just a few tips for maintaining a flat roof. Reach out to a local roofing company like Moriarty Roofing & Sheet Metal if you need assistance handling the maintenance for you.