Winter Maintenance for Flat Roofs
During winter months, flat roofs can gather debris and excessive water due to bad weather and blocked drainage. Without maintenance, flat roofs can spring leaks and erode, rendering the roof completely unstable and potentially dangerous. To prevent your flat roof from deteriorating, carry out the following maintenance before the weather turns too volatile:
Clear any Debris
If there is any debris, such as a build up of leaves, on your roof, there is a greater chance of the roof becoming waterlogged and creating leaks in your home. Take the time to clear debris off your roof – use a stiff sweeping brush to clear large patches quickly.
Clear the Drains
When you are clearing the debris from your roof, pay close attention to the drains. If you don’t ensure that this area is clear from any obstructions, a heavy day of rainfall can really damage your roof – and possibly lead to a hefty repair cost. To clear the drain, thread your garden hose down the drainpipe and turn it on full power. The water will cause the drain to flood at first but the pressure will eventually unlodge the blockage.
Look for Membrane Damage
Check the surface of your roof for any cracks or potential weak spots – in bad weather, these sites are likely to become much worse and can cause huge damages to your home. If you notice any small damaged areas, you can use a patching kit to repair these areas and protect your roof for much longer. If the damage is bigger, you will need to call in a professional service to carry out the repairs.
Don’t put off Repairs
If you find that your roofing isn’t in the best condition, don’t put off getting the issue repaired. Failing to take action when you first notice the damage can lead to the problem escalating, and having your roof collapse in the middle of winter is not a situation you want to find yourself in. Carrying out the repairs in the first instance will be a much quicker and more cost-effective way of increasing the longevity of your roof.
For flat roof maintenance in Hemel Hempstead, Watford, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, North- North West London and the surrounding areas, look no further than Abbey Roofing. We’re experts in the construction and maintenance of flat roofs and offer affordable and efficient services. For more information in how we can assist you, get in touch with our friendly advisors here; we’re always on hand to help.