In order to understand flat roof repair, you must know what style of flat roof you have. Most common is found to be the smooth white roof with a mineral grit surface. This roofing has either been applied with flaming torch (torchdown) or applied with hot tar. The other most used flat roof type is found to be a gravel roof, which is also applied with hot tar.
You can tell that your roof is getting old when you notice the granules wearing away. The black membrane will begin to show through. If it’s just a spot or two where you have foot traffic or in front a drain, that is normal wear. But if you notice that the granules are missing all over in different places, it’s likely time for flat roof repair or new roof.
Have it checked, you might be able to squeeze another few years out of it with repair.
Looking for a leak on a flat roof, even for a seasoned pro, can be difficult. Sometimes they are apparent: a seam that has come loose, a random puncture and so on. The most common area for roofs to leak are the drain area and repairing these usually demands expertise for flat roof repair.
If you have leaks on a gravel roof, it’s best to call a pro to inspect for needed flat roof repair. We have found that with a gravel roof it is not as straightforward to identify wear. If you have any equipment platforms or parapet walls look for deterioration in places where the smooth white membranes where used.
J and J Roofing offers free inspections (except for homes listed or in escrow) for all roofing needs including flat roof repair and services the entire Los Angeles area including Sherman Oaks, Pasadena, Studio City, Burbank, Encino, Woodland Hills and Glendale.