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Things That We Look for When Surveying Your Flat Roof

You suspect you have a problem with your flat roof-is it leaking? Is it cracking? When you call Lancashire Flat Roofing the first step will be for us to come to your property at a time convenient for you and carry out a roof inspection. We can do this manually or by using our advanced drone technology. Some of the things we look for are listed below-

1-Water Ingress
When it comes to buildings, the term water ingress is used to describe the action of water infiltrating a property. It is also a term that is commonly used to describe penetrating damp affecting a property. If you have leaks or damp patches under the area of the flat roof or near the edges a roof inspection is necessary to identify the cause of the leak. If you have a leak it needs to be fixed as soon as possible. The longer you leave it the more damage will be caused.

2-Standing Water
Due to the lack of pitch on a flat roof there can be nowhere for the water to run off when it rains. Your home will settle over time and the roof can shift slightly, meaning it may not be as level as it was when it was first installed. This can cause water to pool in inclines in your roof. These pools should be cleared as soon as possible and checked to make sure that water has not leaked into the lower coatings of the roof. Sitting water can deteriorate your flat roof surfacing and shorten the lifetime of the roof.

Blisters and bubbles can be caused by pockets of air and moisture that becomes trapped between layers of your roof’s membrane or between the membrane and the roof deck. As the sun heats the roof, those pockets expand and stretch the membrane. In severe cases, the membrane will crack when the pressure becomes too great. Once formed, the membrane stretches permanently, which allows for even more air or moisture to infiltrate the membrane layers.

Alligatoring is a sign of the roof aging and being damaged by the sun’s UV rays. Over time the surface of your flat roof may develop small cracks. If the problem is not resolved, it will get worse. The heating and cooling across the day and night will all cause new cracks to appear while widening the existing cracks. You should have your roof inspected at least twice a year. We can apply new coatings if necessary and repair any blisters that could eventually cause a leak.

5-Crack in Roof
If your roof shows signs of a crack, you should call the experts at Lancashire Flat Roofing immediately. In addition to exposing your home to the elements, a crack in the roof can be a clear sign that your roof is structurally compromised. The worst-case scenario is a full roof replacement but there are instances when a crack can be repaired so don’t delay in calling us as a crack could be critical to your property maintenance.

Flat roof surfacing tends to expand and contract with changing temperatures and weather. In extreme cases this can cause the flashing to pull away from the edges of your roof, leading to leaks and moisture becoming trapped under your roof. We can install and repair all types of flashing and roofline accessories such as soffits fascias and gutters. You should have your flat roof inspected regularly because if the leaks become significant, or if you have a lot of deterioration in the flashing, you could end up being forced to install a new roof.

About us
Lancashire Flat Roofing is a fully certified roofing company with over 20 years’ experience in the roofing industry. We are a family-run business with a focus on high-quality work and excellent customer service. We can tackle any job, large or small. All quotes, advice and checks are completely free, so we invite you to take advantage of your FREE QUOTE or just our free expert advice, call us today on 07917 673 381.

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