- Created: 31 October 2014
The truth is, here in Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Sanibel or Captiva, a flat roof simply won’t last as long as a pitched roof. With a pitched roof, things seem to roll off their shoulders easier. But, with a flat roof, things hang around and fester, such as water, branches and debris – especially water.
While the shingles for a pitched roof often have warranties of 25 years or longer, a flat roof will generally last 10 to 12 years at the most. You could build a peaked roof over your flat roof but make sure you dust off your wallet first. Still, there are things you can do to ensure the flat roof on your Lee County home or office will last as long as possible.
Some of the following recommendations refer to tips to employ at the time of installation of your flat roof. If you’re not installing the roof yourself, make sure your roofer is following these basic rules.
On the other hand, there are things you can do to extend the life of your Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Sanibel or Captiva, Lee County, roof after it’s installed. These tips fall under the category of maintenance. Follow these tips and your flat roof won’t last a lifetime but it will last a good long time in terms of flat roof years:
- Standing water is Enemy No. 1 of your flat roof. Don’t let standing water loiter and your roofing will thank you. How do you chase standing water away? The best idea is to build an inhospitable environment for puddles on your roof.
Water flows downhill. When you or your roofer installs your roofing, give the water somewhere to flow. To do this, sculpt the foam insulation below the roof to create slopes. Of course, you’ll want to plan for where the water will go.
Slope the water so it flows into the gutters along the edge of your roof or into drains in the roof. If the water has a chance to collect on your roofing it will rot your roof. It will eventually cause leaks. It will also cause mold to grow, which will further damage your roofing material.
- Painting your roof after a few years of service will also extend a flat roof’s lifespan. Many fall for using white elastomeric roof paint. Actually, that’s not the best idea. Rather, you’ll want to use an aluminum coating.
An aluminum coating soaks into the fibers of your roof sheeting to create an impervious surface. At the same time, it creates a protective layer on top of your roofing.
- The next tip is a maintenance tip and it’s pretty simple – simply keep your flat roof clear of debris. As we discussed earlier, a flat roof tends to catch more debris than a pitched roof. Gravity does its magic on a pitched roof and things just naturally fall off, usually. But, a flat roof catches things at the final point of gravity fed descent.
With debris falls on a flat roof, other debris tends to collect around it. Moisture also finds refuge among the debris. It’s also an inviting habitat for bugs, birds and other small animals. \
Certainly, we want wildlife in Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Sanibel and Captiva to have a place to live we just don’t want the wildlife to setup house on your Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Sanibel or Captiva, Lee County, roof. The regrettable truth is that they don’t make for good guests on a roof. They eat their way through the roofing or otherwise do things that damage the roof. The moisture that collects on your roof will cause mold to grow and decay to spread.