So you’ve got the perfect New Mexico adobe home, with xeriscaping in the front and a nice traditional flat roof on top. It is getting up there in age but you would like to help it last as long as possible.

Below are some expert tips and tricks for what to check fora s the temperatures start to rise in ABQ. Keep in mind, this is a great time for yearly roof check-ups in general because of the warm and sunny weather. Be sure to get outside and check that everything looks good on your flat roof, it’s worth it in the long-run.

  1. Look to see that your “low slope” roof is in good condition and free of leaks. Unfortunately, penetrations develop quite often with this type of roofing system thus it is important to thoroughly check not only the roof but pay attention to the roof attachments as well such as a pipe, flute, chimney, drain, canal or skylight.
  2. Make sure that there is a healthy amount of gravel, free of bald patches. Older tar and gravel roofs in particular can experience blistering in the asphalt when the temperatures rise, especially when left exposed directly to the sun.
  3. Clean out any debris and make sure drains are free and clear. As we all know, with a low-slope roof, drainage is of upmost importance. It is essential to be prepared for an un-expected stormy summer day and plan ahead just in case. What would happen, for instance, if you took a vacation and came back to pools of water and leaks that end up costing you big $$$ to replace your whole roof? Staying proactive can and will save you time and hassle in the long run.

For additional information and/or if you check your roof and realize it is in worse shape than you realized, please visit our Services page, FAQ and/or we are happy to answer any questions you may have through one of our various contact forms and/or office phone 505.842.ROOF (7663) and don’t forget to share these tips with friends and family.

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