Find out how to maintain a flat membrane roof. Get tips on keeping debris off the roof and applying fibrous aluminum paint to reflect sunlight.
LESLIE: Tom in South Carolina is calling in with a roofing question. What can we do for you?
TOM IN SOUTH CAROLINA: The house that we have has a flat roof  on it and the roof is a membrane roof that my dad had put on about 30 years ago, long before he passed away.
TOM IN SOUTH CAROLINA: And it’s doing great; no leaks  or anything. But I want to know, how do I keep it in good shape? I don’t have any idea what to do with it.
TOM: Well, I think your dad must have done a heck of a good job if that is still a 30-year-old roof that doesn’t have any leaks. The one thing that I would say is that you want to keep debris off of it because if you get a lot of debris that sits on top of it, that can cause a shortened roof life.
And the second thing is that one product you can apply to this is a paint called fibrous aluminum paint ; it’s like a silver paint. And what that does is that keeps the radiant heat down to a minimum, because it reflects it off of the roof’s surface.
TOM IN SOUTH CAROLINA: That kind of like what they put on mobile homes, like they call it Kool Seal? Is that what you mean or is that something different?
TOM: It’s a little bit like that. It’s called fibrous aluminum and it’s designed to stick to flat-roof material. And again, it reflects the sunlight and makes it last a lot longer.
TOM IN SOUTH CAROLINA: OK.
TOM: But I think you’re doing good.
TOM IN SOUTH CAROLINA: Well great. Well thank you very much. I really appreciate it and I enjoy your show. I listen to it every week.
TOM: Well thanks, Tom, and we appreciate you calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.