6 Vital Things to Keep in Mind During roof maintenance

Rubber roof maintenance will help you take action before small problems threaten the condition of your whole roof.

Before carrying out any of these steps, ensure that your roof is safe and that you feel physically able to undertake the roof examination. Make sure your ladder is safe and secure, and consider asking somebody to stand at the bottom during the inspection in case you need assistance. If you are unsure, we advise getting a professional to help you.

  • At Rubber Flat Roof, we recommend you carry out a rubber roof maintenance inspection at least twice a year. 

Your maintenance inspection should be spread out over the course of the year so that you can monitor the effects of adverse weather and damage caused over time. In addition, inspect your roof after heavy rainfall to see how effectively your flat roof drains the water. If the water is still there and pooling on the roof 72 hours after the last rainfall, this may indicate that your rubber roof has been poorly installed and thus requires some maintenance repairs.

  • During your inspection, look out for tears, punctures, sagging or holes in the membrane. 

These may indicate that your roof has been poorly installed and may require some rubber roof maintenance.

  • During your inspection, look out for debris such as sticks and leaves scattered across your roof or in any surrounding drainage systems. 

Debris makes it harder for water to drain from your roof, while sharp rubble can cause physical damage to the roof meaning a greater risk of tears and punctures. If you have an EPDM rubber roof, this risk is greatly reduced because it’s such a durable material. Nonetheless, it’s still always good to check!

  • Inspect between the joints and seams of your roof.

This includes any parts of the roof where the membrane is adhered together. Rubber roof maintenance repairs may be required if you find gaps between the joints and seams, as this is a common cause of water leakage and once again most likely the result of poor workmanship.

  • When installed correctly, EPDM Rubber roof should not suffer from cracks and splits due to the flexibility of the membrane.

You'll find that most of the common flat roof issues are the result of poor workmanship. However, it is still a good idea to carry out rubber roof maintenance checks from time to time. Carrying out these easy inspections can save you money in the long run. The same goes for your initial installation costs. Spending a little more money by choosing a reputable company in the first place will definitely save you money in the long run!

  • Just remember, if your roof is difficult to access or looks at all unsafe, it might be best to call a professional to help you to inspect your roof.

These checks are easy enough but if you are unsure whether your roof is safe enough to inspect, it is always better to put your health and safety first.

Phone 01392 927729 or email sales@rubberflatroof.co.uk for our expert advice. Or, get started today using our EPDM Calculator Roof Quote Tool!

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