If you’re a new owner of a commercial building or newly in charge of the roof as part of your building management, the roof may be something you’re quite unsure of. Residential and commercial roofing can be the same and have the same issues, however, if you have never dealt with flat roofing – which makes up a large percentage of commercial buildings, you may not be familiar with terms your commercial roofer may use after your roofing inspection. We thought we’d share a few of the most commonly used terms and their definitions.
This one most people know and understand. It’s when the structure beneath the roof’s surface has an issue and water collects. The larger the flaw in the roofing system, the larger the “pond” area, hence the term ponding. If you don’t already have a roof leak at the site of the ponding, you will eventually. This is one of the reasons regular roofing inspections are so important with commercial flat roofing.
Flat roofing in Florida is subject to more sun than most of the rest of the country. As the roof ages, it dries out and begins to look like the skin of an alligator, hence the term alligatoring. One of the easiest solutions to alligatoring is commercial roof coatings, especially ones in light colors which reflect more of the sun’s rays and can extend the life of the roof.
Just like you may get a blister on your skin, your flat roof can blister as well. Some roofers refer to this as bubbling. Either term means water or air are underneath the roof’s surface and this can lead to a roof leak. When the blister is due to air underneath, chances are good there is a seam with an issue nearby that should be repaired. Yet another reason a commercial roofing inspection can reduce repair costs.
If you don’t work with a commercial roofing company or haven’t had a roofing inspection in the past year, don’t wait until you have a roof leak, call Suncoast Roofing Solutions today at (813) 283-2544 to schedule an inspection. We will thoroughly inspect your roof and make any recommendations for maintenance or repair. Additionally, we can come up with a custom commercial roof maintenance plan to keep your roof in good working order for years to come.