A roofing system is the first line of defense of every commercial building from natural hazards like extreme heat, snow, ice, hail, fire, rain, and wind. In addition to that, it is the most vulnerable area of a building, as well. Every day, your roofing system is exposed to weather as well as some other elements which may add to deterioration and decay, increasing the risk of roof damage and the properties underneath it.
Identifying the Signs of Roof Problems
If it has been a while since you have had your roof checked, your primary priority should be to determine and repair any major or minor issues. Signs of major issues may be obvious even from the interior part of the structure. Water stains on the ceiling can be an apparent indication of a leak that can basically be caused by a hole or crack in your roofing system. As a matter of fact, it is very essential to know and understand that even the tiniest leak can actually be an indication of major trouble. Having said that, if the structure has unexplained odors or mold inside, this can be a sign of a leak leading to water penetration.
While mold or internal water damage may also be a sign of trouble above, it is very important to visually check your roofing system itself to look for issues that may get worse in the long run. Depending on the ease of access and the slope of your roof, inspections sometimes may be performed by the property owner however, in some instances, it makes good sense to just hire a professional and highly experienced roofing service provider in order to ensure the task is done correctly and safely. Even if you’re hiring a pro, reviewing the issues may actually help you to know and understand the importance of what has determined and the need for intervention.
Visual Signs of Roofing Problems
Ponding on the roof or prolonged standing water can result to deterioration and premature aging of several roofing systems, that could also result to your roof leaking. Water leaks which are not detected may slowly rot wood decks, rust steel roof decks and turn light insulating concrete as well as gypsum decks into paste-like substance. Additionally, excessive standing water may result to significant extra weight, that can also weaken your roof deck.
Bubbles can be a sign of trapped moisture within your roof cover that may also result to water leaks, decrease shelf life of the cover, reduce effectiveness of the roof cover system against uplift forces accompanied by a windstorm, and speed up the deck’s premature aging.
Roof flashings are actually a strip of metal or any other impervious material being installed around the roof edge’s perimeter where the cover meets your wall. It is installed around objects which protrude from your roof to bounce off water away from joints and seams. however, a roof cover perimeter or a gap in the roof flashing significantly increases potential for cover failure during water intrusion or mold and high wind event.