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DIY Maintenance | Roofing Tips And Tricks For Flat Roofs

Different types of roofs serve different purposes and reasons – and it's either functional or aesthetic in nature. Flat roofs provide both function and aesthetics, which is why it's a popular choice for homeowners. If you happen to have a flat roof, here are some roofing tips and tricks to keep your roof functional and awesome.

Roofing Tips And Tricks For Flat Roofs

These Roofing Tips Can Help You With Your Flat Roof

Flat roofs offer a lot of perks – like it's cheaper to install compared to traditional roofs and the life span is longer compared to traditional roofs. But these roofs are not going to take care of itself. This is why we've come up with these roofing tips to help you maintain your flat roof's functionality and aesthetics.

1. Seal your roof leak with a waterproof sealant

If you have some leakages on your flat roof, first locate where the leak is. Once you've located the leak, apply an acrylic waterproof sealant to it. I advise you to find a sealant that's compatible with your roofing material.

2. Lower the edge of your flat roof to drain the water off

Flat roofs mean water won't go anywhere, unless the edges of the roof are angled for better drainage. This helps you prevent water accumulation after a bout of heavy rain.

3. Put a slope on your flat roof

Check with your local building department as to what is allowed and usually recommended for flat roofs. It's advisable to have a slope of your roof about a quarter of an inch per foot to prevent water accumulation. You don't want it pouring all down on your front yard or back yard, do you?

4. Be careful of flashing and siding

If you can't find the source of the leak on the roof right away, it may be because of flashing or siding. Make sure to know the cause of the problem and use the most applicable technique to solve it.

5. Have a drain for your flat roof

Flat roofs are prone to water accumulation, and water accumulation can damage your roof in the long run. To avoid damage and other problems, it's best that you have a drain for your flat roof, apart from installing a slope. Some drains, like the one above, can help filter out water and sediments like leaves and branches so it's easier to clean.


Check out this video tutorial from Verdigris TV on how to replace a flat roof:  

These roofing tips for flat roofs should be enough to help your roof last for decades.

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