Winter brings with it significant changes in the weather. Making sure that your flat roof is up to the job is a priority for us at BPL Roofing Ltd. Serving your needs regarding flat roofing in Luton and St Albans, we also provide specialist advice and guidance. Here are some of our top tips for preventing the main risks, like felt movement, blistering or splitting and for generally maintaining your flat roof this winter.
Dust and dirt accumulates on your roof all year, but the stronger winds and rain will deposit large items too. Gently sweep to remove most of the dirt and larger items such as leaves and pebbles, taking care not to damage the protective roof surface.
Check out any trees nearby. Low hanging branches may scrape against the surface of your roof, causing damage. It is easier to remove overhanging branches when they are smaller and before they begin to grow again in the warmer spring days.
Look over the whole surface of the roof, identifying any cracks, holes or patches of worn material. Small areas of damage are often easily repaired, but larger areas of damage will need professional attention. Also, inspect the flashing. The caulking should be intact and free from cracks. Damaged flashing is best removed and replaced in order to maintain the integrity of the roof. As with all repairs, we advise you to act sooner, rather than later.
The flat roof surface should allow water to run off freely into the guttering. Check that gutters and drains are not clogged and regularly remove any debris. Any areas of “ponding”, where water remains in pools, may need to be professionally infilled.
Usually, snow will melt and therefore run off the roof in the same way as water. However, heavy snowfall may need to be removed so that it does not cause the collapse of the roof structure.
If you are in any doubt about the condition of your roof or are unable to inspect your flat roof yourself, contact BPL Roofing, the experts in the maintenance of flat roofing in Luton and the surrounding areas. They can make the inspection for you, and give expert advice and information on their findings and on all other aspects of roofing and roof maintenance.