If you have flat roof areas on your property you will no doubt be aware that they require maintenance. A poorly maintained flat roof is a mass of problems waiting to happen! This is because many flat roofs have been constructed cheaply and without the correct care and attention, leading to problems that come with being exposed to the elements for many years. The problems associated with flat roofs are mainly those of leakage and condensation, leading of course to damp.
Did you know that, in fact, there are two different types of flat roof construction? Far from it being a case of simply installing a roof and putting felt on, there needs to be expert understanding of the relationship between the roof and the handling of the air in the room below. As we all known, warm air rises, and moist warm air indoors rising to a flat roof can cause condensation to gather within the roof area itself.
What do we do about this? We call in Edinburgh flat roofing experts Trinity Roofing, who have many years of experience in the installation, repair and maintenance of flat roofs. They can help with everything from stripping back and felting to installation of a full new roof, and they have the team to do it for you at a sensible price.
Types of Flat Roof
The two types of flat roof handle the warm and moist air in a certain way. The most common is the Warm Roof; this consists of a space above the ceiling then a concrete deck. Above the deck is a vapour control sheet, with the insulation on top and then, finally, the waterproof coating. The second type, the Inverted Warm Roof, is similar but has a combined vapour and waterproof layer between the deck and the insulation, with ballast on top.
Which type you have – or which one would suit your home best – is something that the experts at Trinity Roofing will be able to advise you about, and they will happily have a look at your current roof and tell you want needs to be done in terms of repair, maintenance or even a new roof.
If you do suspect you have a leak or perhaps damp in your flat roof then you should get in touch with Trinity Roofing as quickly as you can. Leaving it for any length of time will only allow things to worsen, and you will find that you have greater expense on your hands as a result. If you have been in your home for a while and have not had your flat roof examined, it might be sensible to ask Trinity Roofing to have a look for you as they will be able to examine and see what state it is in.
A flat roof will last many years if well-maintained, so why not have yours looked at now and make sure you get the best out of your flat roof.