Leaks Aren’t the Only Thing to Look For When Assessing the State of Your Commercial Roof
Sure, water dripping on your desk is a definite red flag that you’re in need of a roofer. (Leaks that go unnoticed or untreated can cause major damage to the insulating elements of your roof systems costing you major money down the road in the event the damaged insulation needs to be replaced when it comes time for a new roof.) But what are some of the other situations to look out for?
It’s a good idea to get eyes on your roof after any high-wind event. Not only can the wind blow around roof top equipment or vent caps but added pressure from within the building can put additional stress on perimeter/penetration flashing and membrane seams. Contact a professional to inspect your roof after wind events.
There are a number of roof systems that are designed to withstand low-level hail events. Most BUR Systems, Modified Cap Sheets, Ballasted EPDM or Adhered Single-Ply Systems utilizing a coverboard should hold up to most Nebraska storms. It’s still advised, however, to have your roof inspected to assure no damage has been sustained; because preventing leaks is key to extending the life-cycle of your roof.
Ponding water is defined as standing water on the roof 48 hours after a rain event. Ponding water can cause problems on your roof from added weight-loads to premature aging of the roof system. A number of factors can contribute to a ponding water situation on your roof. Organic debris can build up around roof drains and scuppers, blocking proper water drainage. Design flaws could also be to blame in some instances. Improper slope or inadequate roof drains could cause your roof to pond water. It’s important to take proper drainage into account during all roofing projects.
You’ll be best off scheduling an annual inspection with a roofing professional who will clear debris and check the drainage system, flashings and seams to keep your roof in top shape. You’ll also want them to check for any signs of leaks on interior/exterior walls, inspect the roof edges and metal fascia/coping for attachment and sealant, and check for any other signs of damage or vandalism.