Tips to Extend the Life of a Flat Roof

Most flat roofs can last a minimum of 10 years and even up to 30 years when cared for properly. Regardless of what type of commercial flat roofing material you have—whether it’s TPO, PVC, or modified bitumen—it’s smart to maximize your investment by keeping your roof in good shape for as long as possible. The following are our top tips for extending the life of your commercial flat roof so you can keep your structure protected, prevent a premature roof replacement, and save money.

Reduce Foot Traffic

It’s necessary for people to access your roof from time to time. Whether it’s your HVAC professional, your roofing company, or just your regular maintenance person, foot traffic is unavoidable on your commercial flat roofing system.

However, frequent foot traffic or people walking in the wrong places can cause unnecessary damage to your roofing system over time. When possible, reducing foot traffic and having designated walkways around your roof can help preserve the roofing material and prevent unnecessary wear and tear.

Maintain Your Roof

Maintaining your roof is a crucial aspect of extending its life. Regular maintenance tasks to perform for your flat roof include:

  • Keeping the roof clean and free of debris to help preserve the material and prevent drainage outlets from becoming clogged by leaves, sticks, dirt, or even trash.
  • Pressure washing the roof on the lowest possible setting with a soft brush to remove debris, algae growth, and dirt that can accumulate and lead to damage.
  • Addressing damage such as tears, deteriorating seams, bubbling or blistering, and large, deep areas of pooling water that won’t go away.
  • Fixing leaks or addressing interior damage such as water stains or bubbling paint as soon as possible.

Without regular maintenance, minor problems on your roof, such as a puncture or debris, can turn into larger issues that can shorten the lifespan of your system and lead to costly repairs.

Consider a Roof Coating

Many commercial flat roofing materials can be recoated with a layer of rubber to help seal out damage and add years of life to the system. In order for your structure to benefit from a roof coating, your existing roof must be in relatively good shape and any existing damage repaired. Once the coating is applied, it could add another decade or more of life onto your roof for a fraction of the cost of getting a new roofing system.

Get Your Roof Inspected

Regular roof inspections are imperative to identifying damage to your roof. With the help of a professional commercial roofer, you can have your roof inspected for issues that could lead to leaks, mold growth, and even ventilation issues. Inspections give you the opportunity to identify problems early before they lead to costly damage or the need for an early roof replacement.

CDS Roofing is your local commercial roofer helping you maintain your flat roof to extend its life. Contact us today to book an inspection with an experienced roofing professional and keep your roof protected for the seasons ahead.

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