You may have a roof over your head—but if that roof isn’t doing its job, you may as well be living on the cold, wet streets of New York City.
Roofs serve as the first line of defense against whatever the skies throw at your building, so it’s crucial for it to be sound and well maintained—leaky roofs can cost thousands of dollars in water damage, and boards and management who ignore their roof problems run the risk of legal exposure, should a shareholder’s possessions and property be damaged by leaks or collapses.
The Roof Truth
Before you build, repair or maintain your roof, you’ll need to know what type of roof you’ve got. In a city where space is at a premium, most apartment buildings in New York sport a flat roof.
That’s not its only perk of being peakless. Flat roofs are more accessible for the fire department and for any repairmen. Plus, they’re more easily maintained than shingled, pitched roofs. Flat roofs aren't completely flat, of course—they do have a slight slope to permit water to easily flow into drainage and plumbing openings—but the angle isn’t drastic enough to make it difficult for people to walk on top.
All those advantages doesn't mean that a flat roof can work miracles. They still have their issues.There are three big problems that can affect flat roofs: Expansion and contraction, ultraviolet rays and moisture.