Commercial Flat Roofs Waterproofing
The roof is one of those parts of a building that is often forgotten perhaps because it is out of sight. However, regular maintenance checks are necessary to ensure that you get the most out of your roof. Flat roof waterproofing is an important roof maintenance practice but it becomes more complicated when dealing with a flat roof. Unlike sloped roofs where water can easily slide off, flat roofs have a very shallow slope hence they tend to collect leaves and other debris that may prevent the roof from draining water from your building’s exterior as required.
Importance of Flat Roof Waterproofing
Standing water is a common issue with flat roofing as rainwater can begin to gather in many places. Sometimes the roof’s drainage may be blocked by debris or the roof may sag in certain places leading to the pooling of water. Pooling water can eventually damage your commercial roof’s protective membrane if it is left for too long. It is therefore important to clear any debris blocking the drainage or increase the roof’s gradient. A pressure washer can be used to clean the flat roof by removing any moss or algae that can be hard to remove with a brush.
For these reasons, it is very important to seal your flat roof. Having your commercial flat roof sealed will prevent erosion and weathering as the waterproof membrane forms a barrier between the roof and the moisture. We all know it rains a lot in South Florida so properly sealing your Florida Commercial Flat Roof will keep your building safe for decades to come.
How To Waterproof Your Flat Roof?
The approach you decide to use to waterproof your flat roof will depend on several factors such as the size of the roof, the environment, the type of structure as well as the budget. The three main flat roof waterproofing methods include:
– Liquid waterproofing
South Florida Liquid Waterproofing
Liquid waterproofing involves using a special type of coating to weatherproof your flat roof. While this type of waterproofing can be used on typically all types of roofing, it is more common on flat roofs. Liquid waterproofing can last for 20 to 40 years depending on the quality of the product, the installation process, and roof maintenance after application. Examples include fiberglass liquid membranes and fleece liquid membranes.
- Simple Application (Roller or Airless Spray)
- Provides High Sun Reflectivity, Contributing to Thermo Insulation
- Remains Flexible over a Temperature Span of -40oC to +90oC
- Exceptionally Adhesive to Practically all Surface Types
- Forms Seamless Membrane on Application without Joints.
- Resistant to Water, Heat, and Frost
- Resistant to Root Penetration
- Water Vapor Permeable
- Provides Excellent Thermal, Weather, and UV Resistance.
- Waterproofs old Bitumen-, Asphalt Felts
Commercial Membrane Roof Expenses May Be Tax-Deductible
Have you put off commercial roof maintenance because of budget or cost concerns? Or upgrading your BUR roof to an EPDM, PVC or TPO membrane roof? There have been some changes in the federal tax code during the last few years which might change your point of view on this as commercial membrane roof repairs and commercial membrane roof replacement may now be tax-deductible.
Introduced in 2017 for the 2018 tax year, IRS section 179 provides tax relief for “improvement to nonresidential real property after the property that was first placed in service including roofs, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning property, fire protection and alarm systems: and security systems”.
Contact Deluxe Waterproofing For All Your Flat Roof Sealing Needs
For high-performance Commercial waterproofing on your commercial flat or metal roof, give Deluxe Waterproofing & Caulking, Inc. a call today! Free no-obligation estimates are a phone call away!