Commercial roof is prone to developing some problems, just like any other roof. One of the most common problems it develops is roof leak. The leaks can be nothing more than a few water spots that appear on the ceiling to streams making their way down the drywall. Whatever level of leak you notice on your commercial roof, the most important step to take is fixing it. The remedy has to be found quickly before the leak develops into something that consumes the entire roof. The stability of the entire commercial building is at great risk from the leak too.
Causes of Commercial Roof Leaks
Before fixing the leaks, understand the most common or likely causes, which are often:
- Improper installation
- Expanded screw holes
- Loose flashing
- Improper sloping
Adverse weather conditions are just as guilty of causing leaks in the commercial roof. Storms and heavy downpour can interfere with the stability of your roof. High winds too are just as disastrous. This explains why inspecting the roofs after each storm is a mandatory cautionary measure worth taking. Follow the inspection up with some maintenance work. Hire a professional roofer for the inspection and maintenance. The longevity, functionality and aesthetic appeal of the commercial roof depends on the roofer’s input, experience, and training.
Importance of Choosing the Right Roofing System
Choosing the right roofing system to install on the commercial roof determines how long you have to wait before leaks appear. Some roofing systems are the closest you get to a leakproof roof. Others will develop leaks at the first sign of danger. Many property owners prefer installing cheap roofing systems. What they fail to understand is cheap is bad. They only get their money’s worth. Cheap materials or systems are more prone to damage. They are not water resistant. Any small object can create dents that develop into holes, which cause leaks.
Importance of Choosing the Right Roofing Contractor
The choice of roofing contractor hired to install, inspect, repair, replace or maintain commercial roof determines whether it will develop a leak soon or remain leak-free for much longer. The roofing industry has its share of roofers who lack the training and professionalism needed to install commercial roofs properly. Some roofers are inexperienced, untrained and unprofessional in everything they do. Finding the best roofing specialist is something you need to focus and be ready to invest in. Good roofer guarantees leak free roofing systems for the commercial property.
Look for a roofing professional who provides a 24-hour emergency service too. This is because you never know when an emergency will arise. It is difficult to predict when signs of leaks will emerge on the roof. By the time you see what you deem the ‘first signs,’ the situation might already be too bad for the building. A roofer who shows up immediately offers the roof – and your entire building – a good chance of recovery and stability. Such a roofer gives the roof a good chance of being rescued, repaired or replaced with something better.
Importance of Acting Immediately
Commercial roof is not like a residential roof in any way. The only thing they have in common is they are both roofs. Apart from that, the features, designs, and styles differ from each other massively. The best course of action to take the moment you notice a leak on such roofs is calling a roofer immediately. Do not procrastinate. Act immediately. Pick up your phone and dial the contractor’s number. A leaking commercial roof is capable of grounding your entire operations, thus causing massive financial losses.
Therefore, understand commercial roof leaks better. Understand the causes and remedies. Do not forget to hire a contractor to plug the leak, but only after identifying the sources.