Common Reasons Why A Commercial Roof Starts To Leak

Your building depends on your commercial roof. It protects your business from the elements, provides insulation, and adds to the aesthetic appeal of your property. However, leaks can occur on commercial roofs regardless of whether you maintain your roof regularly. It's essential to look for signs of commercial roof leaks and do something about them.

A Lack of Maintenance 

Regular maintenance is essential for the long-term health of your commercial roof. Neglecting your roof or postponing repairs can lead to leaks, so a roofing contractor must inspect it regularly. Cleaning your roof and replacing damaged tiles can also help prevent leaks.

Severe Weather Damage

Weather is also a significant factor in developing leaks in commercial roofs. Heavy rain, snow, and wind can cause damage to your roof, making it more susceptible to leaks. Inspecting your roof after severe weather events is vital to ensure there is no damage.

Commercial roofs often experience more extreme weather conditions than residential roofs due to their larger surface area, which can lead to more rapid deterioration and potential leaks. Therefore, inspecting your roof regularly and after severe weather events is essential.

The inspector should carefully examine the roof, looking for any signs of damage, such as holes, tears, or missing shingles. They will also check for any leaks or water damage. If any damage is found, the roofing contractor will estimate the cost of repairs. In some cases, you should replace the roof. The goal of the inspection is to ensure the safety and integrity of the roof, as well as to prevent further damage to the building.

Old Age

Finally, age is a significant factor in developing leaks in commercial roofs. Old roofs leak more often. The materials break down, and the roof can no longer withstand the elements. Past a certain point, it makes sense to replace your roof. In addition to the leaks, you might notice that your roof is sagging or drooping.

The roof sheathing might be compromised. The materials that make up the roof will wear out over time and compromise the structural integrity of the roof. The paint on the roof might be blistering and peeling. You may also notice changes in your energy bills. All of these issues point to the need to replace your commercial roof. Fortunately, a commercial roofing contractor can help you determine when to replace your roof or whether any repair options are available. 

Contact a commercial roofing service to learn more.