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Can my flat roof withstand leaks? 

The Truth About Flat Roof Longevity?

Article by Camille P

Photography by Tim Gomez

It’s a tale as old as time, buyers take an interest in flat roofs because of their versatility and energy efficiency. But they grow hesitant once they catch wind of their reputation for frequent leaks. Flat roofs have always drawn in home and business owners with a wide range of benefits. But for many, those advantages are tempered by the sense that they can’t hold up against pooling water. So, are flat roofs really as prone to leaks as they say?

Debunking the Myth

In short, no. While it’s true that flat roofs can sometimes be more susceptible to leaks than pitched roofs if water is allowed to pool, they are hardly doomed to constant water infiltration.

A) Proper Installation

The key to preventing leaks in flat roofs is proper installation. When installed correctly by experienced professionals, flat roofs can provide excellent protection against leaks.

Solid Drainage System

A solid drainage system is a must-have for any flat roof. The largest component of that is sloping – every flat roof has a slight incline to it, allowing water to flow off with ease.

Reinforcement Against Vulnerabilities

Chimneys, pipes, and other structures rising through your roof provide opportunities for rainwater to slip in. Proper flashing to seal off these vulnerable areas provides valuable reinforcement against water ponding.

B) Quality Materials

Using high-quality roofing materials can significantly reduce the risk of leaks. Durable and waterproof materials such as EPDM rubber, TPO, or modified bitumen can offer long-lasting protection for your flat roof.

Waterproof Sealants

Waterproof sealants add an extra layer of defense, providing increased insulation. Acrylic coatings are cost-effective for short-term repairs, while silicone sealants offer long-term solutions.

Regular Maintenance

Like any roofing system, flat roofs require regular maintenance to remain leak-free. Routine inspections, conducted at least once a year, help detect issues early on and prevent costly major repairs down the road.

Clearing Debris

Clearing debris from the roof and drains is essential to preventing standing water, which can stress the roof and lead to leaks.

C) The Care Equation

Remember, while flat roofs can sometimes be more susceptible to leaks than pitched roofs, your roof’s health depends above all else upon the amount of care you give it. Proper installation, quality materials, and regular maintenance can significantly reduce the likelihood of leaks. Allowing you to enjoy the energy efficiency and versatility they provide without getting a wet scalp whenever it rains.


Looking for a residential or commercial flat roof contractor near you? For over 15 years, Georgia Roof Advisors has been the trusted name in roofing all throughout Marietta, GA and the Southeast. Contact our team today at 678-723-9995 to talk through your options and take the next step toward the roof you deserve.

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