How To Handle A Flat Roof Repair Project The Right Way

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Having a flat roof on a structure offers a lot of convenience, but it also presents its own set of unique challenges when it comes time to fix it. It's wise to fully assess the situation before moving forward with a project. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you get started.

Identify the Problem

The remedy in any flat roof repair effort is largely dictated by the nature of the issue, so you want to take a close look at what's going on. Is there a problem with the coating on the roof, or has something underneath been compromised? If you're dealing with a small crack, it may still be possible to address the situation with a simple roof repair process.

Find a Solution

You're likely to be looking at one of two possible fixes when you establish that there's a crack in a flat roof. If you get lucky and are facing a tiny crack, simply swabbing the area with fiber roof tar or a mixture of tar and gravel may do the trick. In a less fortunate scenario involving a fairly visible and large crack, it might be prudent to apply a patch, usually using a product that will be torched on. Should the underlying structure be compromised, it may be necessary to think about replacing the entire roof.

Tarring

This is the scenario that's most likely to lead to a DIY solution. The crack is small, and you'll be able to use a roofing broom to swab a product onto the surface in a thick enough layer that it seals the crack. Try to be generous with the material, as invisible microfractures may be present past the point where cracks are visible. Many people in this situation take the time to coat the entire roof, just to be on the safe side.

Patching

There are several types of materials that can be deployed as part of a flat roof repair patch, including felt and rubber. Most types of felt patches need to be applied with a torch, and you'll likely want to have a professional do that. Many rubber materials are applied using a rubber-to-rubber cement that should bond the patch to the affected area utilizing a paint roller, and this makes the method more appealing to do-it-yourselfers. There is also a version of liquid rubber product called EPDM that can be spread.  

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