The most important quality of any residential flat roof is its ability to shed water. Without proper drainage, a low-sloping or flat roofing system will eventually begin to collect puddles of water which will lend to the deterioration of your rooftop as a whole. The weight of the water alone is enough to stress material seams and seals, but the damage doesn’t stop there. Standing water provides an ideal environment for algae and other plant life to take root on your rooftop. It also promotes the corrosion of metal components, such as fasteners and flashing, which will ultimately lead to leaks if the situation is not fixed.
Our company is comprised of three generations of roofers, and we are dedicated to providing quality, residential flat roof repair and replacement services. From creating suitable drainage points to properly capping the shelves of your parapet walls, we can provide the comprehensive, reliable solutions to every roofing issue you might be facing.
Flat Roof Repairs
Performing repairs on low-slope and flat systems requires both skill and patience. Unlike conventionally sloped systems, flat systems do not always provide obvious evidence of defects. So locating trouble spots in a flat system often calls for the well-trained eyes of an experienced roofing professional.
Some of the more obvious signs of flat roof failure include:
Flashing defects are one of the leading causes of flat roof failure. Flashing is most commonly metal, and it is the material that you see surrounding ventilation pipes rooftop protrusions. It is also used as a transitional material, which means that it connects roofing membranes to components of the structure that are not considered part of the roof (i.e., parapet walls and chimneys). Flashing defects usually present in the forms of cracks, broken seams and separation. If it is the flashing of your system that has begun to fail, a roof fix can be easily achieved by simply replacing the malfunctioning components.
Ponding water is a sign that your flat roof is not draining adequately. This can be for one of several reasons:
- The gradient of the roofing system is not sufficient enough to carry water away.
- The drainage system has been clogged with debris.
- A proper drainage system was never installed when the existing roof was applied.
Standing water is easily observed by anyone. It is the dried up ponds that require a keen eye. To spot one, simply take a look at the surface of the rooftop and see if you can locate any rings of dirt or residue. These rings of grime are what get left behind when ponding water evaporates. Once you have located any areas of water retention, examine them and see if you can find any holes or splits in the membrane.
Seam breaks, holes and separations are a major concern when it comes to flat roofing. Whenever membranes are overlapped, their seams must be sealed to ensure proper performance. The number of seams in your roofing system will depend upon the area of the rooftop itself. If you have an EPDM system that was applied over a small porch in a single, solid sheet, you will not have this type of worry. However, if you have a larger rooftop comprised of multiple sheets and many lengths of seams, an inspection for cracks, holes and lifting will have to be performed over every single inch of seam length.
Our team performs residential flat roof replacement projects using quality TPO and EPDM. Our brands of choice are Mulehide and GenFlex. Each product has a strong reputation for quality and performance.
TPO single-ply roofing is highly reflective which can help you save hundreds of dollars each year on your energy expenses. These systems are available in 8-foot, 10-foot and 12-foot panels, and their seams are hot welded together making them virtually impenetrable.
EPDM rubber roofing is one of the most popular materials for flat and low-slope applications. It is available in lengths and widths that often make it possible to cover a residential rooftop with a single sheet of material, eliminating seams and reducing the possibilities of leaks. EPDM is also resistant to hail and winds up to 120mph. As an ecological bonus - the material can be cut down and recycled once it has reached the end of its performance life.
Our company is fully licensed, bonded and insured. We have earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and we are recognized as the General Contractor for the City of Indianapolis. Our technicians perform flat roof repairs and replacements throughout Carmel, Indianapolis and Greenwood.