Failure To Inspect Your Commercial Roof Comes With Serious Consequences: Learn To Protect Your Business
Whether you are in the business of selling a product or a service, you undoubtedly worked hard to start your business and you work even harder to maintain it. Don't let damages from a neglected roof put a damper on everything you've worked hard to build. A collapse or a leaking roof can damage important equipment and inventory and even cause you to close your doors while repairs are being completed. Taking the time to familiarize yourself with the risks associated with a neglected roof can help highlight just how important taking care of your roof is.
Unlike most residential roofs, commercial roofs are flat. Consequently, this design is more prone to issues like standing water. For any commercial establishment this can be a very significant problem. First, extended periods of standing water can cause your roof to deteriorate at an increased rate because it causes rotting and rust development.
Once the materials begin to rot or rust, it causes the roofing materials to break down and form tiny holes, eventually leading to a leak. Secondly, standing water puts excess weight on your roof, causing it to collapse. A collapse can cause significant structural damage. This problem is most often attributed to an issue with your roof's draining system that is preventing the water from draining off your roof and away from the building.
Typically, commercial roofs are designed with thin strips of metal that extend along the edge of the roof. This metal stripping is designed to serve as a barrier between the wall and the edge of the roof, keeping water and other debris out. In order for this protective measure to be effective it needs to be secured to the roof. Even a tiny hole or gap is enough to cause significant damage.
For example, a section of flashing that is loose makes the perfect inlet for water to seep into the under layers of your roof and the wall. Water intrusion won't just cause a leak, but it also increases the risk for mold or mildew growth. As more moisture seeps into the area, the area of loose flashing will only expand. Any incidence of high wind is enough for the entire piece of flashing to blow off, leaving your business's roof completely exposed.
Avoiding a catastrophe and protecting your business begins with regular inspections by a roofing contractor (such as one from Danny Odom & Son Roofing). Make certain you are having your roof inspected at least once a year to help avoid any problems.