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The most prominent difficulty associated with flat roofs is the inability to properly drain after a storm or during snowy weather. Since there is no slope to the roof, rain cannot automatically run off and snow will accumulate. Snowy conditions put extra pressure on a flat roof's structure. For those reasons, it is vital to make the roof as watertight and sealed off from the elements as possible. The goal is to protect the roof from serious water damage.

Using a high performance synthetic rubber sealant is one of the best ways to protect a flat roof. Rubber membranes are extremely durable and can withstand normal wear and tear. Any leaks that eventually show up in the coating are easy for a Norwalk roofing contractor to discover and fix, so they make a great choice for those who live in snowy climates. The process is quick and easy when performed by a competent roofer experienced in rubber membranes. Unlike the old tar and gravel method used on many older homes, there isn't any nasty smell.

Roll roofing is a cheaper option, but it doesn't have a lengthy lifetime. It will need to be redone every 10 years or so.

A roofing contractor from Sound Renovation of Norwalk CT can answer any question you have about windows or gutters.

That can be costly and annoying, especially since leaks are rarely caught before major water damage occurs. Choosing a fiberglass roof might also be an option. It's thick and offers excellent protection from the elements. However, it will still need to be sealed. Some homeowners find that a metal roof is the easiest way to go since metal is extremely durable and will last for 30 to 50 years with regular roof inspections and proper maintenance.

Leaks are the major problem with flat roofs. They are inevitable. Watching for warning signs should always be an uppermost concern. Catching leaks while still in their infancy can save thousands of dollars in repair bills later on. However, leaks don't behave the same way when the roof is flat. A flat roof allows the water to travel in any direction. The original source of the leak can be difficult to pin down.

High priority lookout points are flashing, the edges of the roof, pooling water where the roof is sloped or cracks and holes in the roof itself. Even if homeowners only suspect the roof might be leaking, it won't hurt to have a professional contractor come out and take a look. In fact, having regular roof inspections a couple of times per year is essential for homes with flat roofs.

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