Choosing the right roofing system can help minimize the need for commercial roof repairs. Even with the right system in place, over time your roof is likely going to need a repair or two to maintain its integrity and performance.
Familiarizing yourself with the types of roof repairs you may run into can help ensure common issues don’t catch you unaware. It can also encourage you to take the initiative to conduct regular roof maintenance and make certain minor problems are remedied before they become major incidents.
Below are five of the commercial roof repairs we conduct on a regular basis.
- Repairing Leaks
Leaks are one of a roof’s worst enemies. Even the smallest of leaks can wreak havoc on the structure of your building, opening the door to mold and water damage.
Since many leaks are not readily apparent, all leaks should be treated seriously and with caution. Regular maintenance can minimize the risk of leaks, and holes or cracks can typically be fixed through minor repairs.
- Defective Flashing
Flashing protects the seams and joints of your roof from excessive moisture, playing a major role in the prevention of water damage. Flashing can rip or break due to thermal shock (expansion and contraction according to the external temperature) or because it was improperly installed. If this happens, it will no longer be as effective at leading water away from seams and other vulnerable areas.
A professional roofing contractor should be the one to assess the extent of the damage and determine whether the flashing can be repaired or needs to be replaced altogether. If defective flashing is left untreated, the roof will likely experience water damage and instability that requires more expensive repairs and possibly even roof replacement.
Commercial roof repairs are also often needed due to mold and condensation. Condensation may occur on your roof when hot air rises through holes or leaks, a situation that ultimately leads to a weakened, rotting, and even molded roof.
Obviously, this scenario can have serious outcomes if it is not resolved immediately. In some cases, condensation can result from poor ventilation, which a roofing contractor can address after tending to areas of the roof that have been damaged by moisture or mold.
- Ponding Water
You may think ponding water on your roof is okay because it isn’t leaking, but this simply isn’t the case. Ponding water can result in roof damage even if it doesn’t form a trickling leak into the interior of your building. In the worst case scenario, you may not even be aware of pooling or ponding water until the moment your roof caves in.
Ponding water can be resolved by putting proper drainage and insulation systems in place on your roof and ensuring flashings are intact and in the correct position. Fortunately, these fixes are much easier and significantly less expensive than dealing with a collapsed ceiling!
- Bubbling and Blistering
Blistering can take the appearance of bubbles protruding from the roof, also referred to as “blisters.” Blistering typically occurs when attics have poor ventilation or insufficient insulation. This causes the heat from the attic area to rise up and distorts the roofing material. Moisture and air can get caught in these blisters, making way for water damage.
Blistered roofing materials cannot always be repaired easily, and it is usually better to replace affected areas. For this reason, be sure to call in a professional right away if you notice blistering. That way, you can limit the extent of the area that needs to be replaced. In addition to having the blisters seen to, you’ll also need to have your attic’s ventilation and insulation checked by a roofing contractor to prevent a recurrence.
At AMW Contracting, we’re experts in performing these common commercial roof repairs, as well as those that are less prevalent but have equally serious implications. Contact us today at 904-725-4197, and get started with a commercial roof repair service you know you can trust!