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Photo: jorgeflorez (Shutterstock) The need for roofs is universal. No matter where or how you live, having a roof over your head is vital to protect you from the elements and give you a secure home. If you own your roof–or, rather, the home it’s attached to—you know it can be a source of anxiety in spite of its necessity. If you’ve ever woken up in the middle of the night to the drip-drip sound of a leak, you know the sheer terror an aging roof can strike into the hearts of men. Many homeowners make the mistake of treating their roofs as something they only need to worry about when they leak. Your typical flat roof will last anywhere from 15 to 30 years depending on the materials used, the climate conditions it has to endure, and how much maintenance you perform. With proper maintenance, a flat roof can even last as long as 50 years. If you want your roof to last as long as possible—reducing your expenses and anyxiety—there’s one pretty simple thing you should consider: Coating it. Why coat your roof? Your roof takes a lot of punishment. It bakes in the sun, soaks in the rain, and freezes in the snow. No matter what material your flat roof is made from, it will eventually begin to suffer from these extremes. You’ll start to see ponding (or areas where water doesn’t drain off properly), cracks, discolorations, and other signs that your roof is aging. In […]