Did you Know a Gallon of Water Weighs 8 lbs.?

When dieting, saying you need to lose 8 to 10 lbs. doesn’t seem like all that much weight.  But, did you know that a gallon of water weighs about 8 lbs.  That’s a significant fact when you think about a heavy rainfall which deposits hundreds of gallons of water on your flat roof in Denver.

Roof Worx is your local Denver roofing company that specializes in both residential and commercial roofing.  As a Denver roofer, our trained professional staff can without question say the #1 concern people have about their flat roofing is “Water”.  I suppose it could be said that water can be the nemesis to most roofs; however, flat roofing is particularly vulnerable.  Being a roofer in Denver, we know that rain water is not the only consideration, but snow accumulation and subsequent melting is also high on the list.

There are a few things, your local Denver roofing company, Roof Worx takes into account when inspecting a flat roof on either a commercial or residential property.

  1. What type of material is present and how many layers are currently on the roof?  In order to be certain how many layers are present on a flat roof, a core sample must be taken.  This sample is essentially created by drilling through the roofing layers until the substrate (plywood) is reached.  The sample is approximately a 3″ diameter sample and the area is properly patched after the sample is secured.
  2. Is there proper drainage on the roof?  This portion of the inspection is twofold.  One, is there adequate slope on the roof to push the water towards the roof drains?  If not, consideration must be made to installing a taper or cricket system.  Secondly, are the drains or scuppers properly located to allow for adequate drainage?
  3. Are there any maintenance issues which need to be addressed?  This may include items that aren’t regularly thought of.  One such item would be debris on the roof which clogs the drains or scuppers.  Debris could be from other routine maintenance conducted on the roof, leaves from trees that now tower over the roof, etc.  If the drains get clogged during a storm or significant snow melting event, gallons of water accumulate on the roof which generates a significant amount of weight, which can lead to a potential roof collapse.
  4. On many of our Denver roofing projects lately, we have found numerous layers of roofing material which have limited the roofs ability to drain properly which leads to a condition of water ponding on the roofs.  When water sits on a flat roof, it deteriorates the roofing at a much quicker rate and leads to potential leak issues.  Let your Denver roofing company, Roof Worx provide a free inspection of your roof to make sure you are ready for monsoon season which is right around the corner.

Contact your Denver roofing contractor, Roof Worx at (303) 353-1825 for assistance with all your roofing, gutter, and siding needs. Roof Worx is your trusted Denver Roofer, providing Denver roofing, siding, gutters, and free Denver roofing inspections. Give us a call today and let us show you the Roof Worx – Denver Roofing difference. Roofing Denver one roof at a time.