Flat roofs offer unique advantages and design flexibility, but they also require regular maintenance to ensure their longevity and prevent potential issues. By following some commonsense rules for flat roof maintenance, you can prolong its lifespan and minimize the need for costly repairs.

Clear Debris

Clearing debris from your flat roof is vital to prevent the clogging of drainage systems and the buildup of water. Leaves, branches, dirt, and other debris obstruct proper water flow, leading to ponding and potential leaks. Regularly remove debris from the roof surface and clear out gutters and downspouts to ensure efficient water drainage.

Address Ponding Water

Ponding water refers to areas on the flat roof where water accumulates and remains for an extended period, typically more than 48 hours after rainfall. Ponding water can weaken the roof’s structure and lead to leaks or deterioration. If you notice areas of ponding, consider improving the roof’s slope or installing additional drains to facilitate proper water runoff.

Repair Leaks Promptly

Address any leaks or signs of water infiltration as soon as they are detected. Even minor leaks can cause significant damage over time if left unattended. Identify the source of the leak, repair it, and promptly address any resulting damage to prevent further deterioration of the roof and potential interior issues.

Perform Professional Inspections

While regular inspections are essential, it’s advisable to have a professional roofing contractor conduct a comprehensive inspection of your flat roof annually or biannually. They have the expertise to identify underlying issues that may not be immediately apparent to the untrained eye. Professional inspections can help detect problems early and provide valuable recommendations for maintenance or repairs.


This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Largo Roofing Contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.