SLOPED ROOF OR FLAT ROOF AUDIT
Our Lee Water Roofing Analysis Service is all about preventative maintenance as well as repairs and replacement. Our Audits are performed by expert specialist and their work includes a detailed survey of your flat or sloped roof and its condition, also including flashing, guttering, pipework etc. This work includes a full survey of any aging, dimensions, roof type and slope. In addition, your flat or sloped roof’s overall structural soundness and weather resistance is evaluated and recorded in full detail. Using this accurate and up to date information, we then prepare you a customized report on the current condition of your roof and its expected lifespan and ability to withstand extreme weather conditions.
We provide you with all the accurate and unbiased information you need to take good care of your roof. Should you ever have a roofing problem, you’ll know that Lee Roofing can be trusted to make sure the right work gets done, without either cutting corners, or adding unnecessary extras.
Another reason for flat roof installation is extending a pre-existing building. If you install a sloped roof extension, you have many issues of how that is going to join on to the existing building. Unless you can cleanly join the end of the extension sloped roof to the main building’s existing roof or wall, so that it terminates cleanly, then you will need gutters and gullies that could mean accidentally creating water valleys.
Water valleys are places where leaves, moss, loose mortar etc. get trapped. This makes draining a pitched roof tricky. Flat roof extension installations don’t have these problems.
If you want to get access to the walls or roof of the main building from the extension, that is easy with a flat roof. You have a built-in platform to work from. That’s not the case with a pitched roof extension.
More on Flat Roof Systems
Your reason for a flat roof repair, replacement or installation can be any of these:
A new roof for a new building. Timber or steel beams are mounted on supports, like walls or pillars, then wooden panels are put on top which are waterproofed and also insulated. The flat roof then goes on top of the structure. It’s a highly skilled process and not something to try yourself.
Traditional felt roof replacement or repairs these have a silver reflective coat or grit or minerals on the top. This kind of roof weathers poorly over time and if poorly fitted, then flaws in the surface allow water in.
Fibreglass sometimes known as GRP (Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastics), or FRP (Fibre Reinforced Plastics). These don’t age well and become brittle.
Asphalt roof replacement or repairs these are usually bitumen based and have similar long-term weathering issues as Felt. Asphalt is a cheap flat roof and are vulnerable to ultraviolet rays that will degrade the chemicals in the roof over time. Replacing the many shabby Asphalt roofs around Miami is a regular job.
EPDM (Ethylene, Propylene Diene Monomer) also known as a rubber roof, a synthetic rubber roofing membrane. EPDM roofs are known to be prone to punctures from hail or objects that get blown around in strong storms.
Plastic roof materials like PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride) or TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) or Polycarbonate. A PVC flat roof needs to be thick enough to resist cracks.
To finish any flat roof job, you need to apply flashing around any features that penetrate the roof, like chimneys, skylights, hatches, pipes etc.
Flat roof repairs are not suitable for either DIY or the local handyman. If done wrong, the results will be damage either to the fabric of a building or the contents.
Some kinds of flat roof systems like Torch Down are very efficient but need to be done carefully, as the Torching process itself can be risky if done badly.
The important point with flat roof repair is using the right repair material on the specific type of roof. If you use the wrong type, or not enough you get problems.