Flat Roofing Calgary

Flat Roofing Survival Guide

Eventually all roofs leak and without a slope or a slant the potential for leaks to occur is even more likely. Due to the nature of flat roofs, it is even more common. Since the majority of businesses have flat roofs, it is important to pay special attention to them.

In Calgary, you never know what to expect from our weather, let alone in the spring. With that unpredictable spring weather moving in, it is crucial to be prepared.

So, how do you combat potential leak in your commercial? A good start to preventing extreme damages is keeping an eye out for particular hazards.

Some warning signs to pay attention to:

  • After a bout of severe weather, be sure to safely inspect your commercial roof for any standing or pools of excess water and/or visible damage to the surface.
  • One common cause for leakage is outdated or poor quality roofing materials. So, ensuring that your commercial roofing materials are up to date and damage free is essential in aiding in the health and longevity of your roof.
  • If your roofing materials are not up to par, the best solution for is to contact an experienced roofer, who can inspect your commercial roof and recommend appropriate solutions.

If you notice standing water on your roof, (water that has not dried up or dissipated within 48 hours of a rainfall) it is important to remove this water before it begins to seep into the foundation. It is also important to note that if standing water is not addressed, with excessive amounts of water collecting, it can lead to a dangerous roof collapse.

Here are some relatively simple ways to prevent and remedy standing or pooling water from flat commercial roofs:

  • Your first step should be to inspect the gutter systems and drain pipes. If your gutters or drainpipes are clogged, this will undoubtedly prevent proper drainage. Unclogging and removing blockages from your gutters and drainpipes will vastly improve water drainage.
  • Another aspect of your drainage system to inspect for clogging and damage, are the internal drains. Internal drains are there to aid in draining your flat roof, as gutter systems and external drainpipes are not sufficient enough on their own. You can inspect internal drainpipes on your own but it is best to have an experienced professional assess for any clogs damage.
  • Finally, if the water pooling is substantial enough to be a cause for concern, you may consider bailing the water off the roof with a bucket or another large bailing device. Taking this measure may be tedious and time consuming but it could help prevent leakage or more serious damage such as a collapse.

Taking care of your commercial flat roof is not something to be taken lightly. Any damage, leakage or worse (a collapse) can directly affect the livelihood of your business. So make sure to preform regular visual inspections, especially after severe storm weather. To protect your business, you can arrange for seasonal professional inspections, preformed by the experienced commercial roofing team at United Roofing.