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What you need to know about commercial flat roof repair

Mar 7

What you need to know about commercial flat roof repair

By Greenville Roofing Masters


No matter how many times you have worked on roofing projects, you know that flat roofs require a different approach to other types of roofs. Flat roofs on commercial buildings require special care and maintenance. Although it is possible to manage a commercial roof in certain situations, it can prove difficult in other cases. These are the five most important things to know before you start any flat roofing repair business.


Learn why your roof is slanted.


Flat roofs are a common feature of commercial buildings. But many people don't realize why. Flat roofs offer many benefits to the building owner. They are used in almost every commercial establishment, from supermarkets to industries to hospitals. Most residential structures have slanted roofing.


As you might expect, cost-effectiveness is the main reason. But there are many other factors. A sloped roof is best for structures that are functional, but not too glamorous. It requires more materials and maybe an unnecessary expense. Flat roofs are also a good option for commercial buildings. Many towns have restrictions on the height of construction. Flat roofs will maximize the space you have. You can also imagine your local grocery store trying to get a sloped roof.


Remember that a flat roof is not always flat. It must have at least a slight slant to allow water drainage.


Learn more about commercial flat roofs.


When erecting a business structure, it's not as easy as ordering a commercial flat roof. There are many flat roof options. The type of flat roof you choose will depend on your needs and budget. However, drainage and UV protection should always be considered. These are just a few options that you have.


  • Roof with a Built-Up System (BUR).


The built-up roof, also known as the "tar & gravel" roof, has been a popular type of flat commercial roof for decades. It is the oldest type of roofing still in use today. This popularity is a testament to its durability and usefulness. This type of roof is known as "built-up roofing" because it is composed of layers of asphalt paper and tar. The layers of roofing material are strengthened with fiberglass matting. The roof's top is then coated with a thin layer of tar. An aggregate stone layer is then added.


These roofing systems have many advantages, including durability. With regular maintenance, they can last for up to 50 years. However, the main drawbacks are cost and fumes. Due to the labor required, this flat commercial roofing system is the most costly.


  • Roof with Metal Panels


A North Carolina panel roof system is a good option if you are looking to save money. The concept of the panel roof is simple: Metal panels are covered with a special sealant between joints. Any washers that are used will be sealed with neoprene. These roofs are often used in factories and warehouses because they are cheap and have a short life span.


  • Plywood, single


Single-ply is a relatively new product that has quickly gained popularity. This UV-resistant synthetic membrane can be applied in one layer. It is lightweight and flexible. Single-ply roofing is relatively easy to install, depending on the type of membrane and how much preparation is required. It has a similar lifespan depending on how thick it is.


  • Recognize your warranty


Most commercial roofs come with a warranty once they are built. The warranty can be extended for up to twenty years. You don't need to worry about minor repairs if your roof is still covered by a warranty. You may not receive attention for other, more serious problems or rare cases. If you live in an older structure, it is possible you won't be covered. If you have a guarantee for your roof, it is worth investigating and trying to understand it.


  • Repairing Minor Problems


Let's now look at the most common minor problems with flat commercial roofs. Both residential and commercial roofs are susceptible to leakage. Even the most sophisticated roofing technology needs maintenance from time to time. You may be able to resolve problems on your own in some cases. However, in most cases, you will need the assistance of a skilled professional.


A commercial flat roof can have a leak. Locate the leak immediately if it is found. This can be either simple or difficult depending on the location of the leak. Tape a radius of two feet in each direction from the source to stop the drips.


Greenville Roofing Masters 

Greenville NC

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