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Top 5 Causes of Commercial Roof Damage

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Whether you are a business owner or work with commercial real estate, you understand out vitally important commercial roofing is. Unless there is a problem with it, there isn’t a lot of thought given to a building’s roof. When you are considering a large-scale business setting, preventing commercial roof damage should be a priority.

At Nation’s Roof, we are industry leaders in commercial roofing. Over our many years of experience, we have seen just about everything when it comes to issues with commercial roofing. Here are the top five issues we see the most often with commercial roofs.

1. Leaks and Faulty Flashing on Commercial Roofs

One of the most common causes of commercial roof damage is faulty flashing. Statistics indicate that about 90% of commercial roof leaks are due to flashing that someone installed incorrectly. Flashing is installed on curbs and walls. Installing flashing requires accounting for the expansions and contractions in response to the elements. In situations where it begins to leak, the installer may have failed to account for these changes. It’s not always the flashing that causes a leak, it can also be pitch pan issues. The pitch pan is used to seal the areas around pipes that go through the roof. If they are not sealed adequately, they can leak. At Nations Roof, our professionals can install flashing correctly, so it doesn’t leak. We can also help protect your business and contents by repairing and replacing leaking flashing.

2. Bothersome Wind Damage

Strong winds can be one of the major causes of commercial roof damage. Roofing products that are properly installed and maintained by a reputable roofing professional shouldn’t create any issues. But if it’s not done accurately, the wind can put pressure on the flashing. When this pressure combines with internal pressure a wind uplift occurs. Over time, this damages the flashing, seams, and membranes of a commercial roof. High winds often blow vents and chimney caps off and this allows water to leak inside.

3. Penetration or Puncture Damage to Commercial Roofs

Sometimes, during maintenance, a commercial roof becomes damaged. New penetrations or punctures can cause the roof to leak. In some cases, a puncture can void a maintenance guarantee. If a penetration or puncture occurs, it’s important to have a professional roofer seal it right away. The roof must be sealed properly and allow for expansions and contractions.

4. How Standing Water Causes Commercial Roof Damage

If a roof is designed poorly, or if drains become clogged, water can start to pool. Standing water on a commercial roof can cause the materials to start to deteriorate. This eventually leads to leaks. Standing water can be caused by something as simple as a Clogged HVAC or more seriously by a manufacturer who failed to consider the slope. Either way, it’s important to have it repaired by a roofer as quickly as possible.

5. Lack of Proper Maintenance and Inspections

When a commercial roof is not maintained regularly it can lead to costly repairs that could have been avoided or minimized. If a worker or business owner notices a small stain or other signs of leaks on the ceilings, a professional should be called in to perform a full inspection. Routine commercial roof inspections can help find problems when they begin saving both money and time. An inspection by a roofing professional at Nation’s Roof can often uncover potential problems that can be fixed easily before they escalate into larger, more expensive problems.

If you’ve noticed any of these problems, or need to schedule routine maintenance or inspections, please call us at 866-388-9261. Timely regular inspections can help you avoid expensive repairs if problems are identified early on. Contact us today to speak with a professional about how you can prevent commercial roof damage.

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