4 Problems with Commercial Roofs

Both small and large residential or commercial properties experience minor problems that are unavoidable. But commercial properties experience distinctive challenges every day, and if large problems occur, it can harm your productivity and the confidence of your employees. Small roofing problems can become structural problems. To avoid bigger and more expensive roofing services, our commercial roofing contractors at Williams Roofing share some common commercial roofing issues experienced by property owners.

Problems with Commercial Roofs

1. Leaks

The most common issue for commercial roofs is leaking. Leaks begin to form at pinch points caused by vents, chimneys, or skylights. If these sections look ok, you might need to check your flashing and shingles, as leaks can form when those materials are worn. For commercial properties, you might want to inspect low spots in your roof, as these dips can be a primary spots for leaks.

Any time leaks occur, they are letting moisture into your space and can lead to the production of mildew and mold. If you are experiencing any stains on your ceilings or walls, it is time to get your roof inspected for leaks.

2. Pooling Water

Pooling water indicates that you might have inappropriate drainage, clogged gutters, or debris buildup, which can lead to serious roofing issues. Pooling water will add weight to your roof and pose a threat to the structural integrity of the property. In some cases, if pooling water is left unchecked, it can cause collapse.

3. Wind Damage

If your commercial roof was not installed correctly, it could be vulnerable to wind damage, especially with single-ply roofs. Wind damage can result in tenting, blow-offs, or billowing. To avoid blow-off, ensure the seams of your roof are cured. But, if this wind damage has already occurred, you will need to replace any exposed parts and ensure to check your chimney too, as the cap might have been disturbed.

Wind damage won’t lead to billowing, but can lead to puncture holes in your roof from blown debris. These holes will reduce the roof’s effectiveness, leading to poor insulation and opening your property up to leaks.

4. Lack of Maintenance

When your roof is not inspected by a qualified technician regularly, you are leaving yourself vulnerable to highly avoidable roof damage. Roofing professionals can look out for issues such as surface erosion and damaged flashing. A preventative maintenance plan can take the guesswork out of your roof care, and the team at William Roofing is trained to spot issues related to your roofing.

To learn more about our commercial roofing services, call our experienced commercial roofing contractors today, or book an appointment with us.