While winter is a challenging season for the entire home, it’s the roof that takes the brunt of it. Flat roofs are especially vulnerable to the winter weather since they often lack ample pitch that would otherwise help it shed snow, rain and other debris.
RTN Roofing Systems, your roof repair experts, share care and maintenance tips for flat roofs during winter.
Clean the Roof Surface
Debris such as leaves and branches should be removed. Not only do they scratch and tear at the roofing membrane but they will also break down and become hubs of mold once they get trapped under layers of snow. Since flat roofs have little to no pitch, cleaning the surface is more challenging as there is more debris to get rid of.
When cleaning the surface, apply only a moderate amount of pressure as you sweep. This is to prevent unintentionally damaging the membrane or accidentally removing the protective coating.
It’s also a good idea to schedule an in-depth inspection of the roof. Cracks, holes and tears aren’t easy to spot even on a flat roof and it’s easy to overlook these until they start causing major problems. At RTN Roofing Systems, we offer in-depth inspections that will help you head off problems such as leaks and tears and plan timely and preventive roof repair.
Check for Blisters
Blisters and mushy pockets of water between membrane layers are potential problems that you need to address as soon as possible. These pockets must be cut out and replaced before they cause leaks and other structural problems.
Check for “alligatored” surfaces on the flat roof or large parts of the roof with very noticeable blisters. These areas need a new application of roofing tar as they are slowly losing their waterproof coating.
RTN Roofing Systems is your local flat roof expert. Our timely roof repair and maintenance services will make sure your flat roof can better handle the rigors of winter. Call us today at (303) 578-1257 to learn more about our services. We offer roof repair in Colorado, including Denver, Colorado Springs, and Loveland, CO.