Fast, Effective Flat Roof Repair, Waterproofing And Maintenance:
Autumn is upon us and like any other roof, a flat (low pitched) roof requires periodic maintenance in order to keep it in good condition during the Autumn and Winter months here in the UK. Over time, the pools of water which often form on flat roofs add to the general wear and tear, meaning that leaks are a hazard! Unfortunately, everything from poor weather conditions to a badly surfaced roof can make repairs a challenge.
Here we take a look at some of the common barriers facing roofing professionals and DIY enthusiasts when it comes to dealing with flat roof repairs, flat roof waterproofing, under-performance and leaks, as well as the handy products that can help. In addition to our flat roof FAQs, we’ve also included a five-point leak prevention plan that can really make a difference to a flat roof’s life span, meaning a reduction in the amount of flat roof repair and waterproofing that will need to be carried out.
Flat Repair & Waterproofing FAQ:
1. A roof leak in low temperatures – what can I use?
Particularly if a roof is already porous or compromised in some way, the cycle of water expansion and contraction (freeze/thaw) which occurs during the course of a winter day can see a leak develop quite rapidly. With some roofing products being unsuitable for use when temperatures are low, finding a product that can be used to create a fast, effective repair isn’t always easy. The Kovertek TekCryl acrylic patch repair system is ideal for the job. As well as being fibre reinforced and coming with a five-year performance guarantee, the product can also be applied at temperatures as low as 5 degrees centigrade. This means it’s ideal for use on winter days when a fast patch job is needed.
2. What to do when strength is a priority in my roof insulating surface cover?
Poor insulation is a frequent feature of flat roofs which can noticeably affect the people or possessions located beneath it. High temperatures in summer or nippier conditions in winter can place the roof under additional strain as well as make the environment below it less-than-ideal. To remedy this, a single coat of Karnak 298 flexible rubberised aluminium roof coating offers a high degree of insulation and reflection, at the same time as being extremely strong. With at least ten years of durable performance expected, this coating also benefits from a good level of elasticity.
3. Which products are best for white solar reflective coating?
There are a number of reasons why a white roof is the preferred option for a building: not only does a white roof reflect heat away, potentially reducing air conditioning costs, it’s also aesthetically pleasing. A durable solar reflective coating that’s easy to apply, Aquashiled solar reflective white top coat can be used as a fast way of reducing internal temperatures. Suitable for use alone, it can also be combined with other layers for a more comprehensive insulation solution.
4. I need a fast, anywhere, anytime roof leak sealant I can apply through water:
You never know when a leak is going to happen – in some cases the first thing you know about it is when water starts puddling in the space below the roof! In such situations, prompt action is essential to stop the problem getting any worse. Karnak 19 ultra instant roof repair is a fast-acting sealant which has been specifically formulated to work under water. Not only is it strong, flexible and able to cope with a wide range of temperatures, it can also be applied through a water pool or in the rain. An absolute game changer for emergency repairs, it can be used on anything from flashing and felt through to chimneys, flat roofs and more.
Keeping a flat roof in top condition – our five top tips:
1. Inspect your roof regularly – at least every six months. Triggers for an inspection include heavy rains, snow fall, high winds or the detection of a leak.
2. Don’t neglect your gutters: leaves and general detritus can cause slow flow and blockages, leading to pooling on the roof’s surface. It’s also important to check the integrity of fixings and the pipework.
3. Remove dead leaves, moss and other detritus before a build-up occurs. Organic matter not only puts additional stress on a flat roof, it also acts as a reservoir for rainwater, causing further stress.
4. Ensure an adequate level of insulation, either through insulating in the space beneath the roof and/or through the application of a suitable surface layer.
5. Do repairs promptly, or the problem can quickly become more severe.
Have any queries or questions about your flat roof? Our knowledgeable team are available to help with advice and product recommendations.