How To Fix Flat Roof Leaks

Question: How to fix flat roof leaks?

How To Fix Flat Roof LeaksLeaks are common in all types of roofs. Some say flat roofs are more vulnerable to leaks than sloped roofs but that is not the case. It eventually boils down to the quality of the roof and how well it is maintained. Well maintained flat roofs with preventive repairs may never have any leaks. But that is if you are lucky. When you do have some leaks, it is best to hire a roofer. Fixing or repairing flat roof leaks is a bit more complicated and thus professional expertise is necessary.

If you wish to fix flat roof leaks, then here are some generic steps.

  • First, you have to identify the leak. At times, this is very easy as you would notice obvious damage in the area of the roof that is leaking, you may spot some water accumulated in that area or the area would be damp giving obvious indication that there is moisture or water trapped inside. If you have a large roof, then look for areas that are darker or a tad puffed up. Leaks could also happen due to damaged flashing so you have to look at the roof holistically and not just at certain places.
  • Once you identify the leak, you need to choose the apt solution. EPDM, PVC and TPO have certain kinds of primers and patches that can fix the leak. Built up roofs and modified bitumen cannot be repaired with the same patches. You may have a felt roof which will call for another process. Asphalt flat roofs can be repaired using the same method as used for sloped asphalt roofs. You will have to get the asphalt shingle or tile changed.
  • Regardless of the type of roof you have, you need to get rid of the moisture or water, you need to cut the blisters or get rid of the damaged part of the roofing. If it is membrane roofing, you should be careful to avoid damaging the adjoining parts of the membranes, any seams or the foundational layers of the roof. Only get rid of the parts that are damaged. You can use rags or any other safe method to get rid of the water.

Once dry and after the damaged parts or blisters are got rid of, you need to apply the primer. Let the primer dry and then get rid of the dust and dirt. Apply the patch and ensure that it is installed properly. These days, you can get readymade patches to repair flat roof leaks.

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