If you own a commercial building or are a facilities manager, you should be paying attention to your building’s roof. Ideally you have a commercial roofing maintenance agreement with a local commercial roofer, but that’s not always enough. You should do visual inspections regularly, especially for these common commercial roofing issues.
Standing water leads to roof leaks. There are two main reasons for standing water. The first is clogged drainage. Birds build nests, debris accumulates and your drainage backs up. Keeping an eye on your drainage prevents standing water. Another reason is an aging roof system. As your building ages and shifts, it can cause parts of your roof to end up with areas where water can pond.
As the sun heats up the roof, many roofing materials expand. When the roof cools down, it contracts. As this happens over and over, you may see cracks or split seams in your roof. It can also cause the roofing material to pull away from the flashing. Both scenarios lead to roof leaks.
Much like the sun takes a toll on our roofs in Tampa, the wind can too. A properly installed commercial roof shouldn’t be impacted by wind. However, an older roof with split seams or a poorly installed one will.
We’ve emphasized in previous blogs how you should never allow people on the roof for sport because they may inadvertently damage it. But, we also recognize that there are legitimate reasons for some people to be on your roof like an HVAC repair or equipment installation. Anytime you have workers on your roof, check the areas they visited for punctures and other issues.
It’s expected that your roof will age and eventually need to be replaced. If you work with a commercial roofer regularly and keep yours well maintained, it will age more slowly than one with only reactive repairs performed. If the roofing system itself is in good condition, you may be able to avoid a total roof replacement by having your commercial roofer install a commercial roof coating.
Although there are many other things that can impact your roof like hail and pests, your commercial roofer will help your roof last as long as it should. If you aren’t working with a commercial roofing company you love, call Suncoast Roofing Solutions at (813) 283-2544 and we’ll schedule an appointment to inspect your roof and discuss what you’re looking for.