If you are the owner of a commercial facility, regularly checking the condition of your roofing is of the utmost importance. Ensuring the functionality of your roof will benefit your facility tremendously as you can avoid common problems like breaches and leaks, which will be the focus of this blog entry. Leaks can really be a pain for facility and business owners. They can disrupt business, add a potential hazard to work spaces, on top of being hard to trace. Pinpointing the source of a leak can be extremely difficult because of the way water can travel along surfaces. A leak may exist without you noticing for a long period of time if you don’t know what you are looking for. Here are some common symptoms of commercial roof leaks:
Bubbling: Difficult to see from ground level, bubbling is indicative of trapped moisture under the covering of the roof. Bubbles are problematic because the expose your roof to potential problems from wind. As wind progressively passes over and around the bubble, pressure will be put on the roofing. If the pressure gets to be too much, portions of your roofing may become dislodged or even torn off if their are storm like conditions. If you notice a bubble in your roofing, have it attended to immediately to avoid any set backs with your commercial roof.
Damaged Flashing: If you notice your weather resistant flashing is showing signs of damage and deterioration, water is probably able to leak through your flashing into your facility. The damage could be caused by harsh weather, inadequate installation etc. Regardless of the reason, if your flashing is damaged it needs to be replaced ASAP. The main purpose of flashing is to weatherproof your roof from moisture entering your facility. If your dedicated line of defense is down then moisture can freely enter your facility, which will lead to another set of potential problems. There is not way to know about the condition of your flashing other than going up onto the roof and inspecting it directly. Hiring a professional to perform the inspection is preferred, however performing a DIY inspection is also much better than being ignorant of the actual condition of your flashing.
Tearing in the Roof Covering: These can be difficult to spot from ground level, similar to bubbling. Extreme weather is usually the culprit that causes your roof to crack and tear and the damage can occur anywhere on the roof. These tears and cracks leave opening for water to leak into your facility. Repairing these as soon as they are detected should go without saying. As time passes and weather continues to effect your roofing, the damage from the cracks and tears will only increase. Compromised roofing can be hazardous to not only your business operations, but to the safety and health of your staff and anybody else who may be present at your facility during any given time.
Pooling or Ponding: If you notice pools of standing water, you should take measures to stop this from happening. The areas where water pools or ponds are susceptible to accelerated deterioration and rusting, which will weaken the integrity of the roof considerably. The weight of pools will put extra strain on your roofing structure and if a pool becomes too large it could cause a section of your roof to collapse. It’s happened numerous times due to standing water and the buildup of snow in cold places. A roofing collapse can be absolutely catastrophic and could cause you to see injuries, damage, death and even law suits.
Watch for these signs and have your roof inspected and maintained regularly