Roof replacement on commercial buildings is an expensive and cumbersome undertaking. Performing the needed maintenance and occasional repair of your commercial roof can prolong the time when it is absolutely necessary to replace it.
If you learn how to spot potential roof problems at their onset, you can keep a small issue from growing to the stage where extensive roof repairs or replacement is needed. That said, detecting roofing troubles is not such a straightforward affair. Most folks only notice a problem such as a water leak when there could be other serious underlying systems suffering damage as well.
Signs That You Need a Commercial Roof Repair
Interior Water Leak
One of the surest and most obvious indications that your commercial roof needs repair is an interior water leak. Water leaks may stain your ceiling, walls and the floor. Water leaking in your building’s interior will promote mold and mildew development, can damage your insulation and even cause serious damage to drywall, paint, and wallpaper.
Some subtle signs of a leak in your commercial building interior are if some areas have a damp smell that seems to be coming from the roof. If you notice any signs of a water leak on your commercial roof, you should call a technician to take a closer look at the problem.
Rising Energy Bills
Your roof performs other tasks apart from keeping you safe from the elements. One of those tasks is insulation. A roof in good condition should function as an insulating material that prevents your commercial building from dissipating its warmth during winter. In the summer it should shield your building’s interior from too much heat from the outside. All the two conditions above will mean your HVAC is working harder, meaning higher energy bills.
Visible Signs of Roof Damage
Survey the roof by walking around the perimeter of your building. Some common signs to look for include:
- Bubbles on the roof– Raised parts on your commercial roof usually mean trapped moisture. Trapped moisture makes roofing materials more susceptible to wind damage. The place where bubbles form will guide you to where the water has been leaking.
- Failed flashings– Flashings are an important part component of your roof. They are used to protect the joints between the roof and other structures including the edges the roofing materials meet with the top of the building. Damaged flashing may allow water to seep into your commercial building.
- Sagging– If you notice that your commercial roof is sagging, it is a sign of an underlying problem. The previous pounding could have caused this problem. However, the way the problem started, is not ideal or safe and will require immediate attention from your roofing contractor.
- Missing or Torn Shingles– This is another indication that your roof needs to be repaired immediately. Granules in the gutter system usually mean your commercial roof needs to be replaced.
This is obvious. If your roof has been around for a long time, it has seen the worst of days. It will definitely deteriorate over time. An old roof should regularly be inspected to ensure it is still in good condition
Always call a trusted and experienced roofing contractor to inspect your roof and determine if it needs repair or replacement.
High Performance Restoration LLC
6500 Preston Rd #201
Frisco, TX 75034