Since the Industrial Revolution, commercial buildings were made with flat roofs to save money during the construction process.

There are many benefits to having a flat roof, but they still require some maintenance and will need to be repaired from time to time.

Whether you manage or own a commercial building with this type of roof, it’s important you understand the common roofing problems you may face. Fixing an issue while it’s still minor can save your business thousands of dollars.

Keep reading to learn more about flat roof repair and what you should be keeping an eye out for.

1. Old Asphalt

Flat roofs are made with coatings of asphalt. It starts off flexible and will expand and contract with weather changes to continuously fill your whole roof. However, as it ages, asphalt loses that elasticity and can cause problems.

If your roof is starting to look cracked and bubbled like the skin of an alligator, it may be that the asphalt has reached the end of its life.

Unfortunately, the only way to solve the problem of old asphalt is to completely replace the roof. If this isn’t done quickly, you could find yourself dealing with leaks and more serious problems.

2. Buckled Membrane

The membrane is what the asphalt is attached to on a flat roof. Over time, the natural movement of a building settling and changing with temperatures can cause that membrane to buckle.

This is another problem in which the entire roof will need to be replaced. It’s also a major safety issue and a repair that should be done as soon as possible. Over time, it can do far more than allow water to enter the building.

3. Detached Flashing

Flashing can be found along the edges of your flat roof to keep it sealed. If this becomes warped over time, it can detach and cause leaks.

If caught early enough, the flashing can be replaced or reattached. However, if you don’t catch it soon enough, you may find yourself needing to replace the entire roof.

When the flashing becomes damaged, it can allow water to seep in between the layers of the roof which can do some major damage.

4. Cracks

One of the drawbacks of flat roofs is that they have more pressure on them. This can cause cracks to develop over time, especially if there is additional pressure from heavy machinery or water towers placed on top of the building.

Over time, this can cause the roof to begin to crack. This is by far the most dangerous problem because it means the entire roof is structurally compromised.

Call a roofing professional as soon as you suspect your flat roof is cracked so you can have it evaluated and replaced quickly.

Need Flat Roof Repair?

Now you know several of the common problems faced by commercial buildings with flat roofs, along with their solutions.

If you’re in need of flat roof repair or replacement, contact us for a free quote. We’d be more than happy to let you know what we can do to solve your roofing problems today.