Flat roofs are very common for commercial buildings, though some homeowners may also opt for such roofs. Flat roofs do not allow rainwater and snow to slide off the roof easily and are therefore more vulnerable to the effects of weather. This may require them to be repaired more often then pitched roofs with slopes.
Earlier flat roofs were covered by a base sheet over which a number of layers were installed that were made up of felt paper and hot asphalt. These were then covered with gravel, while the tar is hot and made for built-up roofing, that was fairly economical and acceptable. Present day flat roofs are made up of EPDM membranes, which are single ply rubber sheets. There are also other flat roof materials which have similar characteristics, and the choice of material may often depend on the budget that you have for it and the expertise of the roofer. All these roofs can get damaged by physical action, rain and hail and even the branches of trees that may fly on to the roof in storms. You then require contacting agencies that carry out flat roof repair NJ, if that is the area where you have a home. Damage can also occur when the roof dries up and the asphalt cracks and peels off.
The first signs that your flat roof needs repairs may come from dampness that gets through the roof membranes and enters your home in NJ. You will then do well to get up on the roof and inspect it in detail, to detect the places where the roof is damaged and is causing the leak. The flat roof covering may be damaged in one place, but the dampness may be getting though in a different area where the base sheet itself is vulnerable or has improper joints. This inspection must be carried out carefully and taking all safety precautions, as you are working at a height. Appoint experienced flat roof repair NJ agencies who can do the inspection and also carry out the repair work if you are not able to do it yourself. They will do a more thorough job and give you an estimate of the repair and the work that is needed to be carried out.
Small repairs can be carried out by peel and stick flashing materials for EPDM roofs. In the case of roofs that are built up, the damaged felt layer can be covered over with new felt and asphalt and the gravel layer redone again.