A flat roof isn’t truly flat. It is actually very slightly sloped so that rainwater can slide off to the lower side. But despite this slight angle, water pooling or ponding after storms or heavy rain is still a very common problem for owners of flat roofs. So what happens if you ignore this accumulated water? An emergency roof repair expert explains.
What Happens When You Ignore Ponding
Roofing systems, whether sloped or flat, are simply not designed to hold water for long periods of time. Ponding water is usually a sign of drainage problems that need to be addressed quickly. Not a lot of people think about this, but ponding water acts as a magnifying glass on the roof directly under the pond. This magnifying effect increases the likelihood of ultraviolet damage.
Constant exposure to moisture also weakens the adhesives, which can compromise the integrity of your roof. Stagnant water collects dirt and debris which can hasten the growth of vegetation and attract insects.
If you go over your flat roof’s warranty language carefully, you’ll likely see a clause requiring the building owner to maintain positive drainage or to not allow water to sit on a roof for more than 48 hours under dry conditions. Failure to do so will result in a voided warranty.
How to Deal With Ponding on Your Flat Roof
The good news is that a self-inspection is usually all it takes to fix the problem. If you are confident that you have adequate drainage, ponding is typically caused by a fallen tree branch or debris that can easily be removed. If that doesn’t solve the issue, contact your roofing company right away.
With the help of professionals, debris collecting on your flat roof can be properly removed. Scheduling regular maintenance is also imperative to reduce the chances of water pooling on your roof and ensure it is in good condition throughout its serviceable life.
Since 1998, Barnett Roofing has been taking care of the roofing needs of Knoxville, TN, area residents. If you’re in need of efficient and fairly priced roofing services, give us a call at (865) 936-6959 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.