Whether you are calling because you suddenly have to place a bucket on your desk when it rains or because you are trying to avoid a similar situation, if you own an office building or similar structure, at some point you will need a commercial roofing company. Luckily, Noah’s Roofing and Construction can help you out.
Commercial roofing is different than residential roofing in several ways. One of the biggest is that while the roof of your home has a slope, the roof of your business is generally flat. That means that there is nowhere for melted snow or rain to go and if you do not have a properly working drainage system, that precipitation will pool on the roof. Moreover, ponding water is quite heavy, as each square foot of water weighs five pounds. In addition, while your home air conditioning unit is housed both within your home or garage and outside, that which keeps you comfortable at work is placed on the roof. This is an important difference because anything that punctures the membrane of the roof, including pipes, drains and HVAC units, creates weak points that will be prone to leaks. Therefore, all roof penetrations need to be secured properly so that the roofing system is protected from water damage.
Therefore, you should have a representative from a commercial roofing company come out and periodically inspect the roof of your business. This will enable them to find and repair any damaged roof flashing as these strips of metal are prone to damage from extreme weather, including high wind, snow, and rain and these gaps can allow water intrusion which can lead to leaks and mold. Moreover, flashings are also vulnerable to tearing or breaking as the roof expands and contracts with seasonal temperature changes. They can also ensure you that the roof cover has no cracked seams or bubbles. While cracks in the surface can allow water to enter the interior of your building, bubbles or blisters on the roof’s surface could be a sign of air or moisture trapped between the roof membrane and deck. If you ignore these issues, they could worsen the problem and lead to more severe issues. Additionally, undetected leaks can slowly rust wood and steel roof decks, as well as ruin weight insulating concrete or gypsum decks if not handled in a timely manner.
Unless you have recently worked in the commercial roofing industry, you may not know what to look for when you climb up to take a look around and roof damage is not always easy to spot. However, those experienced in the industry can inspect your entire roof in order to make sure there are no hidden issues or additional repairs that need to be completed. In addition, you run the risk of injuring yourself or doing more extensive damage to the structure, there is no guarantee or warranty on your work, and since you do not have any experience, it could take you much longer to complete the repairs than a professional.
If you are in need of someone to come out and inspect, repair, or replace your commercial roofing, contact Noah’s Roofing and Construction.