Every home’s floor plan is different, and so, the roof of every home is different too. If you have a flat roof, you need to have a different approach to maintenance than if your room is pitched or slopes on one direction.
With these tips you’ll be able to prepare your flat roof for winter before the dreary weather hits and ensure your roof is in top condition for the Summer months.
Flat Roof Winter Maintenance
A flat roof gives your home a sleek, modern profile, but in order to keep it in top condition you have to adhere to man special considerations. Although most “flat” roofs actually feature a slight pitch, they still collect more rain, snow and debris than higher pitched roofs making them more susceptible to roof damage from collecting water, dirt and debris . Caring for your flat roof in winter requires more prevention than labor. Things like, cleaning your gutters out, installing gutter guards, or fixing any loose or rusting screws will help to ensure your flat roof better weathers through the winter.
Steps to Maintaining Your Flat Roof Through The Winter
1. Sweep your roof clear of debris, such as leaves, twigs and small branches. Excess debris on your roof clogs the gutters and stops water from being able to exit your roof effectively. It also encourages water pooling, which puts stress on the roof and increases the chance of breaks or leaks.
2. Remove leaves, dirt and debris from your gutters and roof crevices as well as the entrance and exits of your downpipes. There is no use sweeping the leaves off your roof and not checking these places as they are the key place for issues. While cleaning out your downpipes run a plumbers snake through to check for blockages.
While doing this is important for any roof it is of particular importance for a flat roof as they don’t have the slant for water to runoff quite so easily.
3. Cut back limbs that hang over your flat roof before winter hits to help reduce the chance of leaf fall on the roof as well as the problem of branches falling on your roof during winter storms.
4. Inspect your flat roof for holes and indentations. Indentations are particularly dangerous on a flat roof as water will pool in it and cause weakness. Have these fortified as soon as you come across them.
In terms of looking after your roof effectively, gutter guards are your best bed for making sure your roof an gutters are in check and you don’t have to spend too much time on them.
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