Residential Flat Roofs and Heavy Rain
Some homes have a flat roof installed on part, or even the complete house. Generally speaking, flat roofs offer excellent protection and a well maintained roof can last upwards of 40 to 50 years. One of the biggest maintenance issues with a flat roof is drain cleaning. Since flat roofs have no noticeable pitch to assist with roof drainage, they are very reliant upon the drains in the roof. If those drains are blocked with leaves, other organic debris or plain old trash, the water can back up on the roof potentially causing undue wear and tear and possible leakage.
A flat roof, by its very nature and design, will have some standing water on it immediately after a storm, or in the spring during the thaw. A flat roof that has not been properly maintained or cleaned in awhile is more likely to suffer injury during these heavy water seasons. If you have any concerns about your flat roof, or if it’s been awhile since you have had it inspected, you might want to arrange a visit to make sure that your roof lasts as long as possible.