Properties both big and small experience minor issues, as they are unfortunately unavoidable. But commercial properties face unique challenges, and if large problems occur it can drastically impact your property’s productivity and the confidence of your employees and customers. When left alone, minor roofing issues can quickly become structural problems. In order to avoid bigger, more costly roofing services, our roofing experts at Divine Roofing, Inc. are sharing 4 of the most common commercial roofing problems.
The most common problem for both residential and commercial roofs are leaks. Most often, leaks begin to form at pinch points caused by chimneys, vents, or skylights. If these areas look ok, you might need to evaluate your shingles and flashing, as leaks can form when those materials are cracked or worn. For commercial properties specifically, you might want to inspect low spots or valleys in your roof, since these dips can be a prime spot for leaks.
Any time leaks occur it is letting moisture into your space and can lead to mold and mildew growth. If you are spotting any water stains on your walls or ceilings, it is time to get your roof inspected for leaks.
If your commercial roof was not installed properly, it could be exposed to serious wind damage, particularly for single-ply roofs. This wind damage can result in blow-offs, tenting, or billowing. To avoid blow-off, make sure the seams of your roof are cured. But, if this wind damage has already occurred, you will need to replace any exposed areas and make sure to check your chimney, as the caps might have been disturbed.
Wind damage won’t just lead to billowing, but can also lead to puncture holes in your roof from blown debris. These holes will decrease the effectiveness of your roof, leading to poor insulation and open yourself up to leaks.
The National Roofing Contractors Association classifies ponding water as standing for more than 48 hours. This ponding water indicates you might have improper drainage, debris buildup, or clogged gutters and can lead to serious roofing problems.
Pooling water will add weight to your roof and pose a threat to the structural integrity of the building. In extreme cases, when pooling water is left unchecked, it can cause your roof to collapse.
Lack of Maintenance
When you don’t have your roof regularly inspected by a licensed technician, you are opening yourself up to highly preventable roof damage. Roofing experts can look out for easily corrected problems like damaged flashing and surface erosion. Setting up a preventative maintenance plan can take the guesswork out of your roof care, and our technicians at Divine Roofing, Inc. are trained to spot roofing issues big and small, so you are never stuck with major roofing problems.
To learn more about our commercial property-specific maintenance in Colorado Springs, call our experienced team today at (719) 497-1005, or contact us online.