Flat Roof Repair
There are many reasons why a flat roof repair might be required. If a roof has reached its life expectancy, then flat roof repairs are not always advisable. Rubber membrane roofs can almost always be repaired but at a cost. Most of the time it is not the roof membrane causing the leak but other objects on the roof as in pitch pockets, vents, drains, and chimneys.
DIY Flat Roof Repair Checklist
- Step 1 – Determine what type of flat roof repair you need to make by determining the roofing materials – is it an EPDM, TPO, Tar and Gravel or a Torch Down?
- Step 2 – Find out how old the roof is – EPD, TPO do not last much longer than 15 years. Torch Down can continue indefinitely
- Step 3 – Look for apparent problems around vents, drains and other objects
- Step 4 – Check the pitch pockets, flashing, cracked skylights, storm damage, holes made by flying debris from a storm
- Step 5 – Clean or wash the roof to expose issues easier
- Step 6 – Clean out drains and gutters regularly
- Step 7 – Apply compatible sealant where holes, cracks are visible causing leaks
- Step 8 – Replace broken skylights and vent boots
- Step 9 – Find an experienced roofer – not a handyman, to make the necessary repairs
TPO Roof Membrane damaged by ultra violets
Watch this video and see how a TPO Roof membrane is getting destroyed by ultraviolet. The sad thing is this information is never shared with potential clients, and it cost them dearly over a 15 year period.
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Torch Down Rubber Membrane
This is what a Torch Down Rubber membrane looks like. They come in three foot wide rolls and the seams are fused together with a torch.
When making flat roof repairs on a Torch Down Roof, you can use any petroleum product as in tar, butyl caulk. This roof in the image has a white granular embedded on the surface to protect it from ultraviolet rays.
Many times a plain torch down membrane is installed with no granular, then a silver coating must be applied to protect it.
EPDM Rubber Roof Membrane
This is what an EPDM Rubber Roof Membrane looks like. It is black, and have a smooth surface. The seams can be from ten feet to twenty feet apart. When you need to make flat roof repairs on an EPDM rubber membrane, the first thing to check is the seams. The adhesives that are used to bond the seams together, prematurely fail, due to the extreme heat and ultra violets.
The adhesives that are used to bond the seams together, prematurely fail, due to the extreme heat and ultra violets. EPDM rubber roofs generally don’t last more than 8 years without severe issues and repairs.
TPO Roof Membrane
This image shows what a TPO Roof Membrane looks like. These roofs are generally good and will last up to 20 years. It is a better roof than that of an EPDM Rubber membrane but it is still susceptible to ultraviolet rays. In the video above I showed how the TPO Roof is at its end due to ultraviolet degradation.
Erik Ferreira – Commercial Roofing Contractor – Flat roof Repairs
Erik is my oldest son (roofing contractor) and is 27 years old. He has been in Flat Roof Repairs before he left school during vacations. He has decided to take the business further and keeping it in the family. With all the roofing experience and knowledge passed down, you can be assured to get the best service and product.
Commercial and Residential Roofing Contractors and Flat Roof Repairs
We are Roofing Contractors for the Installation and Repairs of flat Roofs. With our experience of over 30 years, we can troubleshoot and repair any roof leak. Commercial and residential roofs are all the same. Most roofs can be repaired even if they were badly installed. We service Westchester County and Fairfield County.
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Andre Ferreira – Commercial Roofing Contractor
Andre is the second oldest son (roofing contractor) and is 25 years old. He started when he was 16. He has always been hands on all aspects of roofing. When it comes to troubleshooting a leak, he is the one that beats everyone. Now that my sons are running the business, you can be assured of receiving quality service and knowledge that is passed down.