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There are many factors that need to be considered when determining whether it’s time to replace your commercial roof. For starters, be sure not to wait too long to fix minor issues and problems on your building’s roof. Doing so can mean there will be more serious problems ahead, including the need to replace the commercial roof. There are several signs to be aware of that will help you to determine if a commercial roofing system needs repairs or a full replacement.
Do you know how old the roof on your building is? The life span of a commercial roof is generally about 25 years. Being aware of its age and having a record of when it was originally installed, as well as looking back at its maintenance records, will help to determine if it needs repairs or needs to be replaced. If your roof is on the older side, check its condition before the rainy season to be sure it will be able to hold up through the winter.
During the rainy season, the last thing you want is a leaky roof. If you’ve noticed that your commercial roof leaks, do not ignore it. The roof membrane may no longer be working efficiently. If this is ignored, you could end up with serious water damage that can ruin your office’s interior, including any expensive equipment you may have.
Other signs of damage to pay attention to are splitting, cracked, broken, or buckling shingles. These can be indications that a roof replacement is needed. Additionally, look beyond damaged shingles and be sure to check the condition of gutters and downspouts.
Damage to the roof’s structure can cause a roof to be an environment for mold growth. If there is mold or other areas on your roof that are rotten, it may be an indication that your commercial roof needs to be replaced. A rotted roof can be dangerous, so it’s wise to get an assessment to determine next steps.
Our dedicated team of professionals can help you access whether your commercial roof needs some repairs or a complete replacement. Contact us today to schedule an inspection.
Having a commercial roof inspection on a regular basis will keep your building’s roof in the best condition and will help to extend its life. It’s a good idea to schedule inspections after the coldest weather and after the hottest weather. In addition, there should be an inspection after the occurrence of any major weather event. Here are reasons why your building’s roof should be inspected at least twice a year.
HVAC workers are often not trained to protect a building’s roof. When maintenance is performed on air conditioners and other systems, damage to the roof can occur if workers forget to close mechanical access panels or leave refrigerant containers behind. They may also damage the roof’s membrane by not being careful when tossing tools around. To avoid problems, consider having someone on the roof when the HVAC is being serviced. To lessen the chances of damaging the membrane, protect the HVAC unit by installing walkpads around it.
High winds and drenching rain can damage your building’s roof. Commercial roofs should be inspected after a severe storm to prevent water damage, and to be sure that no debris or tree limbs have blown onto the roof and damaged it.
A leaking roof after a heavy rain may be a sign of a problem that existed before the storm. Investigating the leak by a professional roofing contractor should determine if the leak represents a serious problem that might possibly create mold, corrosion, and other deteriorating factors, or if it’s a minor problem.
Buildings are broken into through skylights or unlocked hatches on the roof. A regular inspection will pinpoint security breaches. If the roof hatch is old or damaged, replace it with heavy-guage and tamper-proof materials as well as adding locks and other security measures.
Creating and sticking to a schedule for roof inspections can provide important information that will save on expensive emergency repairs in the future.
Our roof inspections are comprehensive and thorough. We record our findings in writing and photos and maintain documentation, so we have a record for comparison during future inspections. Call us to learn more about our process for commercial roof inspections.