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A flat roof is an extremely common solution for businesses. Based on what we have seen in Carmel, IN, it is cheaper to install, has less risk than a sloped roof, and requires little upkeep or maintenance. However, even the best flat roofs have some minor drawbacks.

Flat roofs are prone to collecting water and debris. They are vulnerable to wind, leaks, and buckling. They can even do something called “alligatoring,” where the roof begins to crack and bubble in a way that resembles alligator skin.

The good news is, these can be prevented with a little preventative care!

How to Prevent Commercial Flat Roof Problems

Taking a few steps to prevent common commercial flat roof problems can save you thousands. Here are some proactive ways to extend the life of your roof.

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Perform Regular Maintenance

Going to the rooftop and cleaning it off is not the most appealing task, but it can pay dividends in the future. Sweeping away debris will prevent potential rot and clog formation. It also means your roof’s drainage system can move water in the direction that it needs to go.

If there are overhanging trees, make sure to snip those branches too. In the immediate future, this measure reduces the number of branches, twigs, leaves, and nuts that end up on the roof. Over the long term, though, it can prevent more significant damage from branches falling during storms.

PVC Prevents Ponding Problems

The term “ponding water” refers to water that collects on your roof after rainfall. These impromptu ponds can be problematic and eat away at your commercial roofing material. Single-ply membranes are particularly vulnerable because they offer the least protection.

Using a PVC-membrane can eliminate any potential deterioration. The material is easy to use, easy to install and can last for more than 30 years.

Waterproof Your Roof

Waterproofing is one of the essential features of a long-lasting and well-maintained rooftop. It seals the porous roofing materials and minimizes the chances for mold, mildew, or moisture damage. However, waterproofing is a little more complicated than merely slapping on a coat of sealant and letting it set.

For starters, the roof must be clear of any debris. The worst thing you can do is trap material to your roof that causes deterioration. Then, after a series of inspections and careful product selection, several layers of uniform sealant are placed on the roof’s surface. Finally, the waterproofing is checked for cracks or holes at least twice each year.

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How to Extend the Life of Your Flat Roof

When it comes to maintaining a good rooftop, the best thing home and business owners can do is to be proactive. If you notice pounding or cracks, take action immediately instead of letting the problem worsen. The time you spend dealing with the issue now will save you infinitely more time later.

When it comes time to start making repairs, we recommend hiring a professional to ensure the job is done right. While DIY is always an option that can save money in the short term, an improper repair can lead to further damage and costs down the road.

If you own a flat roof that experiences some of the problems mentioned above, give Impact Roofing a call today!

What Our Customers Say...

Aaron PorterAaron Porter
16:42 28 Feb 22
I had some damage from recent wind on my roof. I was referred to Impact Roofing by a friend and have been extremely pleased with their service. They were prompt, professional and took care of my repair to avoid further damage. I would HIGHLY recommend this company if you are looking for any roofing help! I will be using them myself when the time comes to replace my roof.
I DurneyI Durney
18:07 08 Nov 21
We were in a bad spot with a leaky roof down at work but being a small business owner I can’t afford to be taken advantage of. So glad we chose PFM. Brad gave us a great deal was professional and fixed everything in a timely manner. What a blessing.
Brandon JohnsonBrandon Johnson
20:04 11 Apr 20
Like many of the homes in the area, we had some shingles blow off after being hit hard by Wednesday evenings storm. There was not an excessive amount of damage, but enough that we needed some minor repairs.I spoke with a couple of different companies on Thursday. While they were friendly, their main objective was to take a deposit to put a tarp on my roof and try to get my insurance company involved.While considering the options I noticed PFM Roofing was completing a job just up the road, so I stopped off to talk with Rusty and his crew. They were happy to speak with me and look over some photos I had taken of the damage. After a short conversation he quoted me a reasonable amount to complete the repairs, and even better told me he could have it done the next day. Sure enough, today they showed up to replace the missing shingles and nail down any other shingles that had been raised by the storm.Overall it was a great experience. If you are in the same boat and have some roof damage that needs worked on it is worth your time to give these guys a call!
David GrovesDavid Groves
17:56 06 Jan 20
We called PFM to come repair the repair made by a less reputable company. I had some questions so the owner promptly reached out to me and took plenty of time to address them one by one. I could tell he takes great pride in his company's work and wants his customers to be 100% satisfied. Would highly recommend to anyone in need of professional roofing services.
Informed ConsumerInformed Consumer
21:26 23 Jun 19
PFM Roofing did a whole new roof for me. Competitive Price, Excellent Team, No problems, great people. Professional, respectful, courteous. On-time, kept me informed throughout the whole process. Well-spoken. Top-notch service and workmanship, excellent results, awesome cleanup! Brad and Chance are real Pro's! I highly recommend them for your Roofing job.

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