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Adding Slope To Flat Roof The Easy WayBy admin
Friday, 20 September 2019
Welcome to our guide to adding slope to flat roof properties – the easy way! To begin though, we must go back in time. After the Second World War, the pressing need for new housing stock in the UK was at, probably, just about as pressing as it could get.
The result was a building boom, and this led to a rash of cheap and not so cheerful new homes. Further building booms later in the 20th century also created more housing – built to a better standard, but still not quite up to today’s tough regulations.
The Rise of the Flat Roof
One feature that appeared in many of these homes was the flat roof – either on garages or later extensions.
Today, with new building materials and architectural styles, the flat roof continues to feature in many grand designs.
However, flat roofs come with their own set of problems and those on older homes built in the 20th century may well be a cause for concern for their owners. So, what’s the problem with flat roofs and is there an easy way to repair them?
If the roof is easily accessible with ladders, then a quick visual check at the start and end of winter should identify any problems. Also a quick check after any particularly heavy rain at any time of year is a good idea
Common Flat Roof Problems
Water leakage or pooling on the roof itself are the most common issues faced by most flat roof owners. There are several common reasons for these problems develop:
- Tears to the water proof membrane covering the roof
- Blocked gutters, drains and water pipes
- Sagging in the structure caused by either poor construction or simple old age
Let’s face it – sagging, due to old age, can affect the best of us! In particular, poor construction in older roofs may be a big part of the problem. Despite the name, no flat roof should, in fact, be entirely flat. A small slope should be part of the construction to allow water to drain away in the first place.
Don’t Panic, Mr Mainwaring!
The first rule of flat roof ownership is – don’t panic! Pooling, in particular, is common on many flat roofs; yet contrary to popular belief, it’s not the end of the world and can be easily addressed. Regular inspections and basic maintenance can help to resolve issues quickly.
If the roof is easily accessible with ladders, then a quick visual check at the start and end of winter should identify any problems. Also a quick check after any particularly heavy rain at any time of year is a good idea.
Adding slope to flat roof projects isn’t always the major re-build that it might sound. The facelift approach is basically just that, removing the layers that comprise the flat roof and repairing part, or all, of the structure as necessary
Blocked Gutters and Drains
Blocked gutters and drains can easily be resolved and this should be done as soon as the problem is identified.
A sign of an underlying problem with the roof tends to be pooling that doesn’t drain after 48 hours. Again, this is not a cause for generalised panic or predictions of doom.
Flat Roof – Full on Face Lift?
The most likely cause of pooling is either poor construction or that sagging feeling! When it comes to either issue both can be fixed relatively easily if the problem is dealt with quickly. There are two approaches (as with human sagging); a complete facelift or a bit of Botox boost!
Adding slope to flat roof projects isn’t always the major re-build that it might sound. The facelift approach is basically just that, removing the layers that comprise the flat roof and repairing part, or all, of the structure as necessary.
Areas of pooling may have you worrying that this is the only – and likely most costly – option but that may not be the case!
Professionals are usually the best option for a failproof roof fix, as it takes some experience and knowledge to get the right finish and required slope back onto your roof!
‘Botox’? The Easy Way to Adding Slope to Flat Roof Buildings
Where the slope is inadequate or has sagged in places the ‘Botox’ solution may well be the one to go for.
Using modern cement/screed mixes, a professional flat-roofer can fill dips and hollows quickly and level them (or slope them, rather) to fill the low point, and re-create the surface of your roof.
This solution is perfect for homeowners looking for the easy option for adding slope to a flat roof property.
The materials used are similar to screed (a self-levelling compound) used in the building trade for flooring bases, however the mixture is stronger, allowing it to be both poured, and then effectively moulded as it sets.
DIY? D-I-Why Not?
This isn’t beyond the realms of a DIY fix either, if you have fairly strong building skills.
However, professionals are usually the best option for this fix, as it takes some experience and knowledge to get the right finish and required slope back onto your roof.
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Fast Acting, Low Cost
Large, small or multiple areas of pooling can be quickly and easily resolved using this method. The application techniques are simple, straightforward and the process is one of the quickest ways of adding slope to flat roof buildings (or re-introduce one).
The materials are generally low cost, and the speed of installation or repair means that labour costs won’t break the bank either! In addition to this, with the correct slope added to the flat roof, water pooling, damage and leakage will all be resolved.
Your flat roof should continue to do its job without deterioration for many years to come!
Ready to take your roofing venture to the next level? Talk to our team of roofing experts today-and receive a refreshingly resilient roof that takes inclement weather in its stride. Simply call 0800 1700 636, or click the button below to set your roof up for long-term success!
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