Flat roofs have the advantage of providing your home or building with some additional space, and with the right planning and placement, a flat roof can easily double your home’s square footage. However, this accessibility also means an increase in foot traffic, which could lead to issues such as roof punctures. With a good amount of money invested in your roof, you want to minimize any damage that could potentially translate to hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars worth of roof repair. Affordable Roof Care shares our best tips to avoid, or at least reduce, punctures on your roof.
Flat roof membranes are designed to be durable, able to withstand extended punishment from harsh outdoor elements like ultraviolet rays, wind, rain and hail. However, they do poorly when exposed to human factors like people walking on the roof, tools and objects getting dropped on the surface and sometimes even smokers throwing down cigarette butts.
Punctures may be shallow, scratching the protective surface of the roof and exposing the underlayment or base beneath, or deep, causing leaks and other structural damage that could affect the space immediately below it.
Your roof installation contractor can teach your employees, your satellite technician or any other personnel who need to be on the roof how to safely step on the membrane and properly secure their equipment. This is the best way to reduce punctures caused by human accidents.
You can lessen the risk of debris falling on the roof by trimming overgrown tree branches and vegetation that may cause a puncture if they were to fall. Consider moving any equipment that could be a potential hazard to the roof to a safer location.
Finally, designate proper foot paths to allow access to certain areas of the roof without running the risk of an accidental puncture.
Trust Only the Professionals
When it comes to taking care of your roof, professional roofers like Affordable Roof Care should be able to traverse a flat roof without causing any damage at all. Poorly trained contractors may not adhere to similar safety precautions and could end up costing you more in repairs than what you had originally planned for.
That’s why our specialists at Affordable Roof Care are trained and certified to address all your roofing problems as smoothly and effortlessly as possible. Call us today (360) 639-4339 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate. We serve Bremerton, Port Orchard, WA, and all surrounding areas.