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Signs it is Time to Consider Replacing Your Flat Roof

Updated: May 19, 2023

Like any type of roofing system, flat roofs have a lifespan and will eventually need to be replaced. Here are some indicators that it may be time to start considering replacing your flat roof:

One of the most significant factors in determining whether it's time to replace your flat roof is its age. Most flat roofs have a lifespan of 15-20 years, depending on the material used and the quality of installation. If your roof is approaching or exceeding this age range, it's time to start thinking about your options and investment.

Water leaks can occur with old roof systems or systems that are not properly installed. If you notice water stains or wet patches on your ceiling, it's a sure sign that water is penetrating your roof. If the leaks are minor and can be repaired, you may be able to avoid a full replacement. However, if the leaks are persistent, it's best to consider a new roof.

Cracks and blisters are signs of wear and tear that can occur on a flat roof over time. They can be caused by weathering, exposure to sunlight, and other environmental factors. Cracks and blisters can also be caused by poor installation or inadequate maintenance. If left unchecked, they can allow water to penetrate the roof, leading to more significant problems.

Flat roofs are designed to be slightly sloped to allow water to flow off the surface. However, if the slope is not steep enough or the roof is damaged, water can collect in low spots, causing what is known as "ponding." Ponding water can lead to significant damage to the roof membrane and cause leaks. If you notice standing water on your flat roof, it's time to consider a replacement.

The roof membrane is the layer that provides the primary waterproofing for your flat roof. Over time, the membrane can become damaged due to exposure to the elements or wear and tear. If you notice cracks, tears, or other signs of damage to the membrane, it's a sign that the roof is no longer functioning correctly and needs to be replaced.

While repairs can be an effective way to extend the life of your flat roof, there comes a point where repairs become a band-aid solution. If you find that you're spending more and more money on repairs each year, it may be time to consider a roof replacement instead.

Is your roof showing some of these signs? L&M Roofing is here to help! We can provide a custom solution for your roof and offer a warranty up to 30 years depending on the type of roofing system. We use quality products and are certified installers for Carlisle Syntec materials. With L&M Roofing's roof systems, you will not have to worry about water leaks, cracks and blisters for years to come.



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