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Signs That Your Flat Roof Needs Replacement


When your roof begins to give in, you may spend so much money on repairs instead of replacing it all together. A roof replacement can help you to enhance the value of your property and avoid costly repairs. Unlike a sloped roof where it’s easy to see the worn-out roofing material, flat roofs rarely give any visual indication of damage. You can’t easily tell if the flat roof is worn out unless an actual inspection is done. However, there are things that you can watch out for to help you understand that something is wrong, and you may need to replace the roof. We’ll look at the most common signs.

Severe roof leaks

When there are chronic water leaks on your flat roof, it could mean that the roofing membrane is already giving in and has become extremely inefficient. If this issue is not addressed, you could end up damaging the walls, furniture, and equipment that’s inside the building. A roof inspection needs to be conducted to discuss these leak concerns so that you can get the best possible solution. You may also need to invest in a new roofing material that is more waterproof to avoid spending on costly repairs every year.

Worn out roof deck

When the roof deck is damaged, the entire roofing system is compromised. Maintaining the condition of your roof deck is paramount if you want the entire system to perform optimally. In fact, a damaged roof deck will need to be repaired or replaced before a new membrane is installed. It affects the overall performance of your roofing system and can lead to most moisture issues if the deterioration progresses. In fact, damaged roof decks create a breeding ground for mould which is why they need to be repaired fast.

Is your roof too old?

With time, the most robust commercial roofing system will give in. when this happens, you need to replace the roof with a stronger, more modern and efficient roofing material. You can hire an expert roofer to come and perform an assessment. If you’ve been spending so much money in recent years on costly roof repairs due to the age of the system, it could be time to replace it. Roofing materials deteriorate over time so even though there is no significant sign of damage, a replacement will help you to enhance the value of your building.

Poor insulation

A poorly insulated roof is important if you want to reduce heat transfer indoors and cut back on energy bills. Replacing the roof is a great way to improve the building’s HVAC efficiency and to moderate the building’s temperature. This not only means that you’ll spend less on energy costs but also extend the lifespan of your roofing system. If the insulation is already exposed to excess moisture, the roofing material will need to be replaced. Consult a roofing specialist who will advise you on the materials which provide the best insulation in commercial flat roofing.