If you discover a leak in the roof of your building, you should act fast. Water leaks can turn a small issue into a costly problem in no time. Leaky roofs can cause structural damage on several levels of your commercial property as water can pour in through the tiniest cracks. There are several possible reasons for seepage in your roof. Whatever the cause, it could grow progressively and get worse if you do not take care of it in a timely manner.
Flat roofing is often perceived as indestructible due to the simplicity of the design and the horizontal placement of the material. Flat roofs are exposed to the same outside elements as sloped roofs, however, and will sustain the same amount of damage in severe weather. In some cases, flying debris from high winds or tornadoes can puncture a flat roof and compromise the surface.
A fire, severe storm, or high winds can cause widespread destruction to a large roofing system. If the damage is pervasive enough, then fixing it may be out of the question. A new roof system would restore your building’s market value as well as keep your insurance rates low. It will also ensure that the roof is 100% restored.
Although a modern flat roof is designed to channel water away from the building, older flat roofs could have a standing water issue. If you have an older flat roof with standing water, you may need to have us come take a look at the issue. Newer flat roofs, sometimes called, low-slope roofs, are modern and can withstand standing water.
How Old is the Roof?
Even the most well constructed flat roof in the industry will eventually need to be repaired or replaced. Different roofing materials have various lifespans, but once they’ve reached the end, they will begin to show signs of wear and tear. Once a roof has reached a certain point, it will be more expensive to continue repairing it than it would be to replace the roof.
When Was the Last Time You’ve Look at Your Roof?
The fastest way to destroy the roof on your building is to pretend like it doesn’t exist. The average commercial roof needs to be inspected annually and will probably require some type of maintenance every several years. This will keep it healthy through every season. The Southeast has unique challenges due to heat, saltwater, and hurricanes. These challenges just mean inspections are extra important!
Broken Seals and Seams
If the roof is suffering from damaged perimeter flashing, broken seals along the edges or underneath, or seams that have come apart, rainwater is sure to invade the surface and seep down inside the building. You should never underestimate the vulnerability of a roof no matter how small the hole in the flashing or tear in the seam may be. The good news is, these types of problems can be easily handled with little cost involved.