How to Prolong a Flat Roof’s Lifespan

June 6, 2019 | General
How to Prolong a Flat Roof’s Lifespan

Replacing a flat roof can be expensive and selecting the correct materials that don’t deteriorate rapidly under certain weather conditions can be a big challenge, with some basic maintenance you can help your flat roof last longer? Of course, some materials are designed to last longer than others, but there are a few things you can do to prolong its lifespan.

Choose Wisely

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to extend the life of your flat roof, it is important to select the correct materials so that you enjoy a long-lasting flat roof solution.

Here at Avenir Roofing, we supply the world-renowned Firestone RubberCover EPDM system which is a one-piece durable EPDM rubber roof Solution. The Firestone RubberCover EPDM comes with a fantastic 20-year warranty which gives you peace of mind that your flat roof is in safe hands.


You can also achieve a longer lifespan by making sure your flat roof is installed professionally. Roof failure is often due to poor installation. So, selecting a material that is simple and easy to install, such as EPDM, will set you off on the right foot. It is usually installed in one piece too, which means no seams or joins, and no leaks.

Maintenance Tips

Our EPDM roofs may come with a fantastic 20-year warranty, but it can last anything up to 50 years. One of its advantages is that it is low maintenance, but here are a few little tips to help you maximise your flat roofs full potential. These tips are especially helpful for other flat roofing types, which may not last as long as EPDM.

Clean Gutters

Clean gutters are essential for drainage from your flat roof. Blockages caused by a build-up of debris can cause water to remain on your roof, which makes it vulnerable to leaks.

Remove Water

Excessive rain over a long period of time can cause water pooling on some types of flat roofs. This usually isn’t a problem, but you can give your roof a little helping hand by removing water pools from your roof. Not leaving them to sit will help to prolong the lifespan of the roof.

Clean Vegetation

Some flat roofing types such as asphalt shingle roofs tend to get growths such as moss and algae. Removing this kind of vegetation will help you keep the roof in better condition.

Regular Inspections

Carrying out regular inspections of your roof will help you spot any early signs of damage and nip them in the bud before they turn into something more serious. Roofs that are more vulnerable to certain issues may require extra inspections, but most roofs should be inspected twice a year and after periods of bad weather.

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