If your home has a flat roof, you’ll doubtless already be aware of its many benefits, such as the way it can enhance a building aesthetically, give you an outside space to safely enjoy, and improve your energy efficiency. However, while a flat roof has its advantages, a leak can be devastating, and flat roof waterproofing is highly recommended.
Problems a flat roof can cause:
When properly designed, a flat roof shouldn’t actually be flat; it should have a slight slope to help prevent ponding and leaks, and while the slope may not be visible to the untrained eye, it’s essential in helping to maintain water drainage. No amount of sloping will help during a particularly dramatic rainstorm though, when the flat roof’s surface doesn’t have the benefit of gravity to help carry the runoff down to the ground. Even in the absence of heavy rain, the drainage system on a flat roof can quickly become clogged with general debris. Add standing water to the equation, and you’ve got a flat roof that is struggling to withstand the pressure, and which may ultimately, collapse.
Standing water can also cause hairline cracks to form over time due to the constant exposure to water, and this can quickly lead to leaks; flat roof waterproofing is the only solution to prevent this from happening.
Protecting your roof with flat roof waterproofing:
Protecting your flat roof has never been easier with the waterproof lab, who will arrange to carry out an assessment of your flat roof, and advise you of what method of waterproofing would be best. A popular method involves sealing the roof with a waterproof coating or sealant, and doing so can help preserve your roof, especially if drainage is an issue.
That said, this solution is not one that you can, or should carry out yourself, as an uneven coating or the wrong kind of sealant can do a lot more harm to you flat roof, than good.
Your flat roof should be clean and free of debris, so that the waterproof sealant doesn’t get compromised, and the roof should be completely dry; if moisture gets trapped beneath the coating, this will eventually lead to rot and mold, and could cause more serious long-term problems for your roof, and ultimately, the entire building. Working with a reputable flat roof waterproofing contractor such as the waterproof lab, will ensure that all the necessary steps are taken before the sealant is applied, and guarantees that your flat roof will be protected from rain and moisture damage for many years to come.
Working with the waterproof lab will also ensure that the correct waterproof product is used; one that will help insulate your flat roof and protect it from UV damage, and that it’s applied evenly and smoothly.
If you’re not sure whether your roof has been adequately waterproofed or are experiencing some leaks or other issues – and to keep enjoying the many benefits of your flat roof – get in touch with the waterproof lab today, and arrange your initial consultation.