Flat roofs can last from at least 10 to 25 years and, in some cases, up to as much as 40 years, depending upon the materials that were used and the quality of the workmanship. Unfortunately, like other types of roofs, flat roofs can experience their fair share of problems within that timeframe. Susceptibility to the elements makes leaking and other issues more common, but a leak isn’t a cause for alarm unless your roof is more than 10 years old or frequently exposed to inclement weather. Frequent leaks and subsequent damage can raise the alarm and turn a repair into a replacement. This isn’t always the case, however, so you will need to know when to repair and when to replace. Below are a few considerations that could help you make the right decision:
Old Roof Materials
Roof materials (e.g. flashing) don’t last as long as the roof itself. And the lifespan of these materials often depends on their quality. However, not all materials last as long as they should. Poor maintenance and severe weather can reduce their lifespan and effectiveness. If your roof is damaged, an expert should first assess your roof materials. This assessment will help the expert determine the age of the materials used and, therefore, whether your roof should be repaired or replaced. Just keep in mind that frequent leaks are a sign of wear and severely dated roof materials.
An Improperly Installed Roof
It’s not uncommon for a flat roof to be improperly or incorrectly installed. An incorrect installation can cause numerous problems, including improper draining and damage to the roof system. Ventilation, flashing, membrane and more may be susceptible to cracking, tearing and blistering. Moreover, improper draining can lead to standing or pooling water, which may cause leakage and buckling over time. In this case, repair isn’t an option, the roof must be replaced. For an excellent and proper flat roof replacement, call a reputable commercial roofing company like Crest Roofing.
Severe Roof Damage
Just because a roof has widespread damage, doesn’t necessarily mean it should be replaced. Widespread minor damage can simply be repaired without causing subsequent damage. On the other hand, concentrated severe damage can be too risky to repair, and widespread damage paired with old roof materials is cause for a roof replacement. The best course of action is to have your roof inspected by a roofing contractor.
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