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When flat roofs reach the end of their life-cycle

    GLR 3 Apr 23 blog

    A flat single-ply roof can face various challenges that may contribute to its failure, necessitating a comprehensive understanding of the potential issues involved and what to look for. Identifying the root causes crucial in developing effective preventive measures. Here are some common reasons behind flat single-ply roof failure:

    1. Poor Installation: One of the leading causes of flat single-ply roof failure is improper installation. Correct installation is vital to ensure the roof functions as intended. If installed incorrectly, it may result in problems such as leaks and premature deterioration.
    2. Weathering: Exposure to environmental elements, including UV rays, extreme temperatures, and moisture, can lead to the breakdown and deterioration of single-ply roofing materials over time. Weathering is a gradual process that compromises the roof’s integrity.
    3. Punctures or Tears: Flat single-ply roofing is susceptible to punctures or tears caused by sharp objects like tree branches or debris. These punctures and tears can compromise the structural integrity of the roof, leading to potential failure.
    4. Poor Drainage: Effective drainage is crucial for flat roofs to prevent water pooling or collecting on the surface. Poor drainage can result in leaks and other damages, making it imperative to design the roof with proper water runoff channels.
    5. Aging: Similar to any roofing material, single-ply roofs undergo aging and deterioration over time. The aging process can contribute to the weakening of the roofing system, leading to potential failure.

    To mitigate the risk of failure, regular maintenance and inspections of your flat single-ply roof are essential. Great Lakes Roofing and Insulation understands the intricacies of roofing systems and provides expert solutions to prevent and address potential issues. Our commitment to proper installation, design, and material selection ensures the longevity and effectiveness of your roofing system. Don’t wait until issues arise; proactively safeguard your investment by contacting Great Lakes Roofing and Insulation at (906) 647-2916  or submitting a web form today. Our experienced team is ready to assist you in maintaining a durable and reliable flat single-ply roof for your property.