Common Misconceptions About Flat Roof Leak Detection

The global flat roofing market is estimated to grow by 5.4% by the end of 2031. Flat roofing is one of the most popular roofing options as it takes up less space and requires fewer materials than sloped roofs. This not only makes the initial construction much cheaper, but it’s also less expensive to repair.

While flat roofs are a popular roofing choice, there are many misconceptions when it comes to this style. So, keep reading to find out more about common misconceptions about flat roof leak detection.

Flat Roofs Are More Prone to Leaks

All roofs are susceptible to leaks. Your roof is constantly exposed to the elements. Depending on the weather in your area, your roof may deteriorate faster.

Over time your roof will sustain damage, and there is no way to prevent this. As your roof becomes damaged, you might begin to question the integrity of your roof. If this is the case you need to get a professional flat roofing restoration team to come and take a look.

The goal of a flat roof is to create a watertight seal that protects the building. This is achieved through the proper installation of high-quality materials.

Electronic Leak Detection Damages Your Roof

Electronic leak detection (ELD) is a way to uncover breaches and weak points in your roof. ELD senses the different sound frequencies of water from a leak. The sounds are then analyzed to determine the exact location of the leak.

This method of leak detection is extremely accurate and unlike many people believe it doesn’t damage your roof. In fact, ELD is one of the safest ways to test for leaks.

Water Stagnates on a Flat Roof

The biggest misconception when it comes to flat roofs is that they are perfectly level. Just because it’s flat and you feel like its level doesn’t mean that it is. A flat roof is pitched at about 1/8 inches per foot, making the pitch very slight and almost unnoticeable.

This pitch isn’t a flaw, the roof was designed this way. This is to ensure proper drainage of the roof. If there wasn’t a pitch then rainwater and melting snow would pool on the roof.

If water were to pool on the roof it would eventually leak into the building. So if your roof was installed properly, water shouldn’t stagnate on your roof.

Flat Roof Leak Detection Made Easy

When it comes to flat roof leak detection, it’s best to act quickly if you suspect there might be a problem. The longer you leave the leak, the more time the water has to cause damage to your roof. So contact a professional as soon as you suspect you might have a leak somewhere.

Contact Great Lakes Roofing if you have any inquiries or want to find out more about our roofing services. With over 20 years of experience, you can count on us to get your job completed the right way.


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