The numerous benefits of flat roofs typically outweigh their negatives. However, Essex County roofers are routinely called to remedy problems with flat roofs caused by ponding water. Any water that remains on a roof for 48 hours or more is considered ponding water, and its deleterious effects are well known throughout the roofing industry.
Ponding water damages a roof by slowly seeping into any available opening and spreading moisture where it is least wanted. Openings such as splits, fishmouths, unsealed seams and bare felts are some of many openings by which water can infiltrate a home and weaken its overall structure.
If left unchecked, ponding water will deteriorate nearly any roofing surface material and underlying substrate, especially if located near weak points along a roof's construction. Animals, insects and organic material are also attracted to standing water, and various infestations can result that, in addition to rotting support structures, will weaken the overall load bearing strength of a roof.
Animals and insects will infiltrate and nest within a damaged roof, causing further damage and safety concerns. Insects such as termites and roaches can especially damage a roof and leave behind pathogens that can subtly affect a homeowner's health long before any visible physical danger is apparent.
Organic matter can be a source of fungi or plants that will root underneath a roof's membrane and insulation, creating new openings for water to enter.
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This is especially true when a plant dies and the cavities housing its roots are left vacant. This leaves a roof open to more water penetration and then more plant life, which causes more openings. This cycle continues until a roof is left destroyed.
Problems compound once water gets beneath a roof's substrate. In addition to the aforementioned problems, trapped water can reduce a roof's thermal insulation and cause an increase in utilities while slowly raising the bill for total roofing repairs. This is especially evident when considering weight, the final and ultimate risk factor associated with ponding water.
Ponding water is weighed at approximately five pounds per square inch. That's an additional ton of weight pressing down on a roof from only one inch of water. These are the factors responsible for destroying flat roofs if left unchecked, and are a necessity for any homeowner to be aware of in order to protect their investment. With this knowledge in mind, any homeowner will be well equipped to recognize forming problems related to their flat roof so that they may be remedied long before a significant problem can develop.