Understanding Flat Roof Repair Options

Flat roof repairs require knowledge and expertise to be properly addressed. Damage can be difficult to pinpoint without a trained eye as the water can travel quite a bit before seeping through the ceiling. Several options for fixes for this type of roofing are described below.

Installing a New Roof

Installing a new roof is of course the most expensive option for fixing a leak or other issue. In addition to being costly, a new roof is not always the best option. To get the most out of yours, properly care for and maintain it.

Applying a Coating

Roof coatings are an excellent means of extending the life of any flat roof. Coating options include those with asphalt or elastomeric bases. Any topcoat can extend the life of a roof, but the elastomeric coating is considered the best quality coating.

Asphalt coatings are sold in liquid form that is normally petroleum and black in color. The best products come with warranties and are embedded with fiberglass. Some of these goods include aluminum flakes that reflect sunlight and lower cooling expenses. These topcoats should only be used on asphalt-based roofs for optimal outcomes. 

Elastomeric coatings are liquid, normally white and rubber-based. These coatings can be mixed with color to match any color scheme. These products are high in elasticity, up to 600% in some brands. They can be used on a variety of roof surfaces like metal, asphalt, concrete and some types of rubber. If you opt to leave the roof the original white of the elastomeric coating, you could see significant savings on the cost of cooling the building.

Prep work to a flat roof must be completed before actually applying the coating. Specifically, fasteners must be separately sealed sand seams must be reinforced. Additionally, flashings must be inspected and repaired. 

Flat roofs require maintenance to perform optimally. Consider having a professional coat your roof before taking on the expense of replacing it completely.