What commercial roof repair signs should you know as a property owner or manager? Here are some red flags that indicate that your commercial roof membrane or system probably needs immediate maintenance or repairs. 

Commercial Roof Repair Signs

Many business owners don’t think about their commercial roofs – unless they start leaking. But by the time leaks occur, you may be facing costly repairs. 

Here are some signs that you may need assistance from your commercial roofing contractor. Please note that many of these signs require you to lay eyes on your roof system. 

Roof leaks

If you have a leaking roof, you must talk to a professional. However, sometimes, roof leaks aren’t obvious.

Water leaks sometimes go unnoticed, especially in buildings where the underside of the roof is not visible. Some may notice water damage and think a faulty plumbing system or other water-related issues caused it.

It may take time for water stains caused by a leaking roof to form on a ceiling. Look for secondary signs of leaks, such as discoloration on the walls or ceiling. Sometimes, you can smell musty odors from mildew or mold growth, even if you can’t see visible signs of leaks.

Bubbles or blisters on the surface of the roof

When air or moisture pockets form between the underlayment and the membrane, bubbles or blisters often appear. If you notice blisters on the roof of your commercial building, contact your roofing contractor quickly. If the problem is caught early, you may be able to avoid a total roof replacement.

Recent strong storms

Strong winds, hail, and heavy snow can cause damage to your roof membrane. However, severe weather or even exposure to high temperatures and the sun can also damage the roof’s performance. Don’t assume that since there are no indicators of damage in your building’s interior, you have no roof damage. 

If you recently experienced a strong storm with high winds, it’s worth having the roof on your commercial property inspected by a professional. 

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Visible damage to your roof membrane

You may be able to see damage to your roof membrane with a quick inspection. A falling limb or debris may have caused some of the damage. But standing water is also often the culprit. Some damage may be caused by people – HVAC, electrical, or other contractors who need to access the roof to do their work or, unfortunately, vandalism. 

Damaged flashing

Flashing plays a vital role in a commercial roofing system. It helps secure roofing materials and plays a role in protecting the structure from the elements and moisture. If your metal flashing shows signs of damage, this is a clear sign that you need immediate repairs on your commercial building’s roof. 

Failed downspouts

The drainage systems on commercial buildings must function appropriately. A lot of commercial roof damage is caused by pooling water caused – in part – by clogged or failed downspouts. Ignoring what happens to water on your commercial property will lead to roofing issues – and problems with your foundation or structure.

Increased energy usage

Are you noticing that your energy bills are higher? Of course, high energy bills may be due to rising costs. But it also may be an indicator of increased energy usage. This is one of the common signs that you need to consult with a roofing professional. 

Age of your roof

How long has it been since you had your commercial roof inspected? When was the last time you replaced the roof on your commercial building? The life expectancy of roofing membranes varies greatly, depending on the type of roof and whether it was professionally maintained. But one of the most significant commercial roof repair signs is the roof’s age.

Two interventions that can help delay the effects of an old roof are professional commercial roof maintenance and inspections. A minor repair may help you avoid an expensive commercial roof replacement project. 

Contact Nations Roof to schedule your commercial roof maintenance and inspection. Property owners across the country trust Nations Roof to prolong the lives of their commercial roofs. We can help you, too!

Key Takeaways About Signs It’s Time to Repair a Commercial Roofing System

  • As a building owner or property manager, you must understand when your roof may need immediate attention.
  • Major problems may be avoided with periodic inspections by a professional roofer.
  • If you notice membrane damage, problems with drainage, or water spots from a leaking roof, contact your roofing contractor today to reduce further damage.