A commercial roof that’s well-built and properly-managed will last for many years. However, unexpected events can sometimes damage the roof and compromise its structural integrity. These factors can vary from nearby foliage and surrounding structures to extreme storms and local climatic conditions. For instance, your commercial property may be in an area that gets extremely hot during spring and summer or constant rain and snowfall during the rest of the year.
Figuring out what’s deteriorating your roof is important so that you’ll take the best course of action in proper roof maintenance and resiliency. Fields Roof Service explains some of the common causes:
This issue can often originate from poor maintenance and clogged gutter systems. Pooling water can also be a result of not fully accounting for the roof’s slope, which can be costly to remedy. A clogged HVAC unit can also be the culprit and may cause water to pool around it. But no matter what the cause may be, pooling water should be addressed immediately, as leaving it for too long causes the materials to deteriorate faster and allow water to seep through.
If you live in an area with constant strong winds, it can be sometimes troublesome for your commercial roof. Even if it’s built to withstand strong wind speeds, certain components such as flashing can be problematic if the wind pressure from the wind causes an uplift. Have a trusted roof replacement contractor check and repair your damaged flashing to prevent wind uplift and damage from the seams and membrane.
This type of issue is one most common in commercial roofing systems, and they’re typically caused by faulty flashing in over 90 percent of cases. Flashing is installed on curbs, walls, and around protruding objects, but they’re also used as sealants around a pipe coming through a roof. While an uplifted flashing can be a cause for water leaks, it can also be due to subpar workmanship by an inexperienced roofer.