How to Know Your Commercial Roof May Need to be Replaced

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Commercial Roof repair

It may not be obvious that your commercial roof needs a replacement. But, because the roof plays a critical role in the overall performance of your building and the health and safety of its occupants, it’s a very important thing to know. The following conditions should not be ignored as they may be alerting you that a roof replacement is needed.

Deformed Roofing Materials

Regardless of the type of roofing system installed, if you observe warping, blistering or bubbling of the materials you should contact a commercial roofing professional to assess the roof’s condition. The presence of these kinds of visible material distortions is a sign that moisture may be infiltrating your commercial roof system. While you may not have an active leak, entrapped moisture is a situation that should be swiftly diagnosed and addressed as it contributes to catastrophic roofing failure. Definitely, don’t ignore sagging of your roof! This could be a sign that the insulation is saturated or that the deck, on which the roof sits, is failing. The latter could present an immediate safety risk to rooftop workers and building occupants.

Deterioration of Seams and Flashing

A commercial roof’s seams and flashings are its most vulnerable parts. Cracked or crazed flashings at edge details or penetrations and gaps in roof membrane seams could very well allow moisture to enter your roof system. If diagnosed early, damaged or deteriorated flashings and seams can be relatively easy to remedy. But, if left unaddressed, these conditions lead to full roofing system failures. Furthermore, failing roof details can be a sign of a more sinister issue with the roof system’s performance that can only be fully addressed by a roof replacement.

Moisture Intrusion

The presence of uncontrolled moisture in your building leads to serious performance and even occupant health issues. This one is easy . . . if your commercial roof is leaking get it checked out by a qualified professional. However, moisture may be present even if you don’t have an active leak. Look for ceiling tile or wall staining, and effervescence on masonry walls. Also, if you notice a musty or earthy smell it’s possible you have entrapped moisture somewhere in the building that is leading to mold growth. Mold could be present in the roofing materials, on or below the decking, or even in the walls and other structural components of the building. Do not ignore this condition as it can get very expensive to remedy and some mold spores can contribute to serious occupant health issues. An inspection performed by a qualified technician will help diagnose if any moisture entering the building is coming from the roof.

As you can see, there are several signs you can look for to know if you should seek guidance regarding a roof replacement for your commercial building. Contact Innovative Roofing Group by calling us at 404-594-6038 or sending an email to Innovative Roofing for an inspection today.

3 Reasons to Keep a Commercial Roof Maintenance Plan

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Commercial Roof Maintenance

The performance of your roof is crucial to your commercial building’s health. Consequently, commercial roof maintenance is imperative. Think of roof maintenance as a regular checkup on your roof to ensure that it’s up to standard, performing as designed, and likely to continue to do so. Without, you may end up with expensive and disruptive problems on your hand.

Save Yourself Money

A typical commercial roof maintenance plan will include regular visits to address housekeeping such as debris removal from drains and gutters. While an absolute “no-brainer” for commercial property owners and managers, maintenance is inconsistently performed and ends up contributing to premature failure of roofs, gutters and downspouts. Out of sight, out of mind, I guess. Additionally, a commercial roof maintenance plan can help to recognize early signs of deterioration to your roof membrane and flashings and/or damage to your roof caused by debris, extreme weather or trades with access to the roof. Early identification of issues ensures repairs will be easier and cheaper to finish. Regular roof maintenance should keep any extensive damage from sneaking up on you.

Meet the Obligations of Your Warranty

If your roof is still under a manufacturer’s warranty, you should dust it off and give it a read. It most certainly states that the warranty will remain in force only if the roof is regularly maintained. A commercial roof maintenance plan executed by a credible roofing professional will ensure that if your roof has a performance issue that is the result of material failure, you will have been fulfilling your obligations under the warranty along the way.

Prevent Roof Replacements

Your commercial roofing should last for decades. Unfortunately, the average commercial roof lifespan is well below that. Poor or lax roofing maintenance, is a major contributing factor to premature roof failures. Additionally, it’s been proven that regular roof maintenance can extend a roof’s life well beyond a manufacturer’s warranted term. A few operating dollars spent annually on maintenance can help delay a large and disruptive capital project. A premature or, worse yet, sudden roof replacement project is a bitter and expensive pill for any business to swallow.

You never want to slack on your maintenance plan! Enlist a qualified roofing professional to ensure that your roof remains healthy and your building watertight. If you’re interested in learning more about commercial roofing, contact Innovative Roofing Group at 404-594-6038 today!