What To Look For When Inspecting Your Flat Commercial Roof


Proper maintenance and roof repairs can prevent damage to your business and inventory. Performing routine visual inspections can help you to determine when it is time to call in a commercial roofing contractor for repairs. Here are a few things to look for when inspecting your flat commercial roof.

Bubbling In The Roofing Materials

If you notice bubbles or blisters in the surface of your roof, this could be an indication that moisture is forming beneath the roofing materials. If left unchecked, this could lead to mold growth as well as leaks and damage to the interior of your building. Your commercial roofing contractor can make recommendations to repair the roof if the damage is not extensive, or you may choose to replace the roof entirely.

Standing Water On The Roof

Standing water can be a sign of an improper drainage system for your roof. If you notice standing water immediately after a rain, there may not be a cause for concern, as the water has not yet had a chance to be directed away from the roof. Keep an eye on the water in the days that follow a rain. If the water has not diminished or if there are significant pools of water on your flat roof, contact your roofer to inspect the drainage system and make any necessary repairs. You may also be able to repair this issue by replacing the flashing on the roof, as faulty flashing can allow water to enter your business.

Shrinking Roofing Materials

Some roofing materials can shrink over time. When this happens, they begin to pull away from your flashing, leaving the seams of your business vulnerable to leaks. As you inspect your roof, look at the edges where the roof meets the flashing. If you notice gaps between the two, your roof may be experiencing shrinkage. If there is significant shrinkage, you may need to replace your roofing membrane. Your roofing contractor can provide a more in-depth inspection to come up with different repair options depending on the severity of the issue.

You can perform these inspections on your own or you can have your building maintenance engineer perform them as part of his or her regular building maintenance routine. If you notice any of these issues or if you notice water entering your building from the roof, be sure to contact your commercial roofing contractor (such as one from A-J Roofing & Waterproofing Co) to help resolve the issue before major damage occurs to the building.

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