As one of the best commercial roofers in the St. Louis area, we are often asked to step in and tackle low-slope repair work. Low-slope or flat roof service can extend the life of your commercial property’s single-ply membrane by many years.
Avoiding Flat Roof Repair
The easiest way to avoid flat roof repair on a Duro Last single-ply membrane roof is to perform routine maintenance, to keep the membrane intact. Since Duro Last roofing is purposely manufactured to eliminate on-site seams, most maintenance work involves semi-annual roof inspections for these issues:
- Signs of deterioration
- Unusual traffic patterns
- Debris on the low-slope or flat roof
- Poor drainage, especially at parapets
- Sealant breakdown
- Displacement of ballast
Crazing and tiny cracks may appear due to ultraviolet degradation, so any inspection should be over the entire roof surface and at close range. Keeping the membrane clean and in good repair also helps with energy efficiency, as the bright surface reflects heat from the commercial space, lowering cooling costs.
Flat Roof Repair in Detail
Whether your St. Louis commercial property is roofed in Duro Last, modified bitumen or built-up roof (BUR), Jewett Roofing has the experience, crews and equipment to perform flat roof repair expertly and quickly.
The first sign of a problem in a flat or low-slope roof is often a leak inside the property, so speed in flat roof repair is essential. You need a professional roofing company that works on your schedule, too, so your business can continue without interruption. Jewett Roofing will:
- Make a thorough inspection of your low-slope roof
- Determine your roofing type—single-ply membrane, BUR or modified bitumen
- Diagnose the problem—blistering, cockling, holes, blunt force damage, cracking, parapet seam failure, UV damage, pitting, ridges or undulations
- Determine the extent of the problem—flat roof repair usually involves the membrane and the structure beneath, so leaks may begin in one spot and travel laterally before appearing inside
- Discuss and recommend repair options with you—repairs can include cleaning the area with solvents (MEK) to ensure good adhesion of patching material, heat welding a patch, applying an elastomeric coating, or applying a suitable cement
Because some steps require thorough drying before the next repair step, roof repair may need several hours to complete. Once done, however, the repair done by Jewett Roofing can help keep you in business for years to come, reducing the chance of new leaks or mold growth inside your business.
Give us a call with your flat roof repair needs.