Common Issues With Commercial Roofs
Assessing commercial roof issues is easier said than done, which is why enlisting the assistance of an industry expert is a must.
That said, keeping an eye on the following five common issues with commercial roofs can clue you into arising hindrances, so that you can reach out to a professional as soon as possible.
1. Poor Installation
Sub-par installation jobs will almost certainly end up ruining your roof. It might not happen immediately, but it will happen. Faulty installation of any type of roof system increases the odds that you will eventually be forced to address specific could-have-been-avoided end-results and will likely drastically reduce how long a roofing system lasts.
Improper repairs are a big no-no too, of course. Be discerning when it comes to choosing a roofing company; going with anything but the best will likely end up costing you money down the line. Trust us, shoddy workmanship is a huge threat to your roof and your home.
2. No Roof Maintenance
Far too few people manage to catch roof issues when they can still easily—and cheaply—be corrected. Ignoring pitch pockets/cracks/water damage/etc. will end up costing you a pretty penny too.
Prevent this by conducting routine roof inspections, every season or so. Have a professional take the reins on this front at least once a year, even if everything looks fine to you.
3. Run-Of-The-Mill Roof Issues
Certain roof issues are almost inevitable; splitting, blistering, ridging and surface erosion are just the tip of the iceberg.
Minimize damage by having these evaluated as soon as they crop up.
4. Ponding Water
Water is not great for the well-being of your roof, especially ponding water. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has classified “undesirable” ponding water “as standing for more than 48 hours”. Sometimes it poses a threat in shorter time spans though.
Now, you may be baffled as to why this is such a hazard. Ponding water is heavy and it may even lead to structural damage or a roof collapse.
5. Weather Hazards
Many roof issues can be exacerbated by rising or rapidly declining temperatures. Humidity in particular can lead to an increase in condensation and this moisture can cause water damage and leaks. On the other hand, snow can pile on your roof and lead to the “ponding water” dilemma.
Waterproofing your roof is one way to lessen the chances of this occurring, of course, but the best course of action is to call in and have a roofer come take a peek after major weather events. They will have all the insight you need on how to tackle all sorts of climates.
PS: For more roof-elevating (and energy-efficiency-boosting information, check out “3 Ways To Improve The Energy Efficiency Of Your Roof” [link to last post].