Once the domain of strip malls and warehouses, flat roofs are appearing in more and more residential homes. Because of more modern architecture featuring striking lines and modular design, flat roofs are the final touch of a sleek and simple look.
There are other advantages to having a flat roof as well. There is more usable living space within the home because there are no rooflines to worry about. A flat roof is more accessible, too. Instead of dealing with a 30-degree, 45-degree, or more roof pitch, making spot checks is much easier for the homeowner.
However, flat roofs do have their own unique challenges when it comes to maintenance, repair, and replacement. While traditional roofs have a pitch that sends the water towards the gutters and then away from the house, flat roofs don’t have that advantage.
Poorly installed flat roofs will cause water to pool, which then could wick through seams and add weight to the structure. This will destroy the roofing sheathing below as well as the interior of the home. Flat roofing will also hold debris, such as leaves and small branches — all of which can add undue stress to the roof.
Pacific West Roofing has been repairing and replacing flat roofs since 1980 and has the experience to make your roof better than new. Using state-of-the-art tools and materials, our professional crews work efficiently and safely to ensure that all aspects of the roof are in good working condition. This includes vapor retarders, insulation, flashing, drainage, and working around rooftop equipment, such as skylights and HVAC equipment.
While earlier flat roofing material consisted of slapping on a coat of tar, technology has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade or two. Previous lifespans were around 10 to 15 years. Although with advanced materials, including TPO, PVC, and EPDM membrane roofing, flat roofs can last decades. These materials are more resistant to tears, punctures, and UV degradation.
If you have concerns about the integrity of your flat roof, contact Pacific West Roofing for an inspection. We can find low points, weak points, and other points of concern and make repair recommendations. We are always available to provide free estimates for flat roof repair, or replacement.