Mount Pleasant Roofing: Article About Flat Roof Repair
One of the benefits of having a flat roof on your home is the fact that there is less surface area to repair and maintain than there is on a pitched roof. However, a flat or low-sloping roof does not shed water as quickly as a sloped roof. Because of this, it is crucial that you keep your flat roof watertight.
A flat roof should be inspected more often than a pitched roof. Try to visually inspect it at least two to three times a year. This way, you will stay on top of any problems as soon as they start to develop. Depending on the style of your home, you might be able to get a good look at most of your roof through an upstairs window. If not, you will need to access it with a ladder. When inspecting your Mount Pleasant roofing, you are looking for blisters, pits, rust, tears, holes and loose seams. Plus, you need to inspect the edges of your roof's flashing to make sure there are no areas where water can seep in.
When dealing with an aging flat metal roof, you may eventually discover deep pits or pinholes. When this happens, it is a good idea to start planning ahead because you will likely need to replace your aging roof within the next couple of years. You may be able to extend your current roof's life a couple more years by applying a coat of asphalt-base liquid sealant to cover all the damaged areas. When doing this, start at the highest end of the roof and work your way down.
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A common issue with flat asphalt roll roofing is blistering. Typically, blisters are caused by trapped moisture. The easiest way to remedy this situation yourself is by lancing the blister with a utility knife and releasing the moisture. After it dries out completely, fill the empty cavity with roofing cement. Then, press down on the flaps of roofing so that they stick to the cement. You will need to drive some roofing nails into each side of the split to hold them down and then cover the nail heads with a bit more roofing cement. Once this is done, place a patch of similar asphalt roofing material over the area and nail it down. Cover those nail heads with roofing cement as well.
What can you do if your aluminum roof has sprung a leak? If you are not ready to invest in a new metal roof just yet, you may be able to patch it. Cover the damaged part of your roof with roofing cement, and then apply a fiberglass mesh patch over the wet cement. Next you should apply another coat of roofing cement over the patch and apply a second patch on top of the first one. Finally, apply a top coat of roofing cement and let it dry.
Quite often, you can extend the life of your flat or low-sloping roof by a couple of years when you perform minor repair jobs yourself.