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For information on flat roof repairs read on….
We carry out flat roof repairs to all types of flat roof:
- Mineral Felt (torch on or hot laid)
- Asphalt with solar-reflective properties androof gardens
- Lead flat roofs
- Copper flat roofs
- Zinc flat roofs
When carrying out flat roof repairs we consult closely with the customer about the roof condition. Sometimes the roof has deteriorated so badly that a viable repair isn’t an option. See below for links to videos showing a variety of roof problems.
Surveys and estimates for all roofwork.
When a customer contacts us about a flat roof problem this is the general process:
- Attend property
- Gain access to the leaking roof.
- Take digital photos of the roof defects.
- Consult with customer or insurance company about flat roof repairs needed.
- Carry out temporary repairs or permanent repairs as directed.
- Submit full report to customer as to what findings were, and what repair work we undertook.
- Either Email or send roof report to customer, including reference photos.
It is normal but not essential to repair a leaking flat roof using the same materials as those originally used. However if your flat roof is an old lead or zinc roof, and isn’t visible from the house, using the same materials for the repair is an unnecessary expense. In this case we would normally repair it by patching the leak using Torch on felt or liquid rubber. Both these products will last between 10 and 20 years, and if it’s an old flat roof they’ll probably outlive the roof itself.
If you have acquired a flat roof when you purchased your property and there wasn’t any ongoing guarantee, you would have no recourse to the flat roof installer.
The top reasons why a flat roof leaks are:
- Bad design – Not having an adequate fall on the roof or adequate outlets for water to drain from the roof.
- Bad workmanship – The roof covering not being installed to the manufacturer’s specifications.
- Settlement – The roof holds water because the timbers supporting it have sagged and now allow water to pond on the roof.
- Lack of maintenance – Solar-reflective stones or paint haven’t been applied regularly to prevent the sun from blistering and splitting the surface.
- Puncturing – People walking and working on the roof without taking care.
- Poorly installed flashings – Flashings not dressed to the surrounding walls correctly or incorrect use of flashing materials, such as lead not being used correctly.
Flat roof repairs and general maintenance
After many years of going out and repairing flat roofs I can honestly say that the majority of flat roofs only leak from flashing around the edges of the roof, if regular maintenance was carried out on the majority of these rooms the problems with the flashings would be picked up and the roofs would not deteriorate as they do now, unfortunately nowadays regular maintenance of roofs is a thing of the past property owners seem to think that they can ignore the outside of the buildings including their roots until such times as something goes wrong, as soon as a problem occur an assumption is made that the problem will be covered by the insurance company unfortunately the household insurance does not cover regular maintenance problems and wear and tear of flat roofs.
Another interesting scenario I’m finding is that I am getting phone calls from potential purchases of properties who are being asked by their insurance companies if they are having regular maintenance carried out to their flat roofs and if they can provide a report of the condition of the flat roof, it now appears that the insurance companies are starting to higher premiums for properties that have flat roofs that are not under some kind of maintenance scheme all have an extended warranty from when they were renewed.