Flat roofs are very common and the majority of commercial buildings normally have a low sloped roofing system as it is a pragmatic option for larger structures. Flat roofs are unfortunately susceptible to a number of problems that can catch a new buyer off-guard and result in major repairs after the purchase. Buyer protection is inspection by a professional Miami roofer experienced in flat roofs.
Flat roofs may be constructed with or without eaves. They may be covered in built-up asphalt, EPDM membrane, or some other material. In any case, every flat roof requires one or preferably many points of egress for water. Without adequate drainage, you can expect leaks to develop quickly starting with roof structures that require flashing, such as skylights, chimneys and vents.
Leaks are the most common problem, and they are usually preceded by clogged drains, standing water, and/or damaged or missing flashing. If there is attic space, it is best to start the examination there for evidence of leaks. Observe the structure during rain and strong storms to understand its drainage. Some types of drainage spouts are easier to clear of debris than others, and this might influence your final decision.
Allowance Versus Reduction
After noticing problems with missing flashing, inadequate drainage or existing leaks, you can decide pass on the building. However, if everything else about it is perfect for your needs, there are options that perspective buyers have if they wish to move forward. The current owner can repair the roof themselves before the building is sold or a credit can be issued to the buyer which effectively reduces your purchase cost and you can higher a contractor to do the work at your own convenience.
It is usually best to seek an allowance from the owner and oversee the work yourself, this way you can be sure the company performing the repairs is qualified and not someone who was hired at the last minute just to push the sale through quickly.. Contract a professional Miami Roofing company such as Roof-Tech that has experience dealing with these issues before buying a building, when properly cared for and maintained, a flat roof can last just as long as any other roofing system.