How Can I Tell if My Commercial Roof Needs Immediate Repair?

When you own a commercial building, detecting and repairing any roof problems promptly is key to avoiding business disruptions or damage to your stock and assets. Let’s explore the most common signs indicating you need commercial roofing repair based on the type of roof you have.

Bad Roof Identification Tips From Your Commercial Roofing Repair Specialists

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs are popular for their long lifespan and minimal upkeep, but they are not indestructible. Rust and corrosion are two of the most common enemies of metal roofing systems, usually affecting the areas around panel seams or fasteners. If left untreated, corrosion will eventually wear the metal panel completely, leading to leaks. A metal roof weakened by rust or corrosion is also more susceptible to hail and other types of damage.

Extensive dents or creases are typically the result of fabrication defects or poor installation and must be addressed immediately to prevent water from pooling on the roof, which could lead to rust and corrosion. Roofing fasteners might also pop or become loose during hailstorms, potentially opening a way for water to seep through, which is why you should have the roof inspected after particularly bad weather.

Single-Ply Roofing

While single-ply roofing offers long-term resistance against weather and chemicals, it is vulnerable to punctures from sharp objects or debris. Blistering and bubbling can occur in case of separation of the membrane layers, which can lead to leaks, tears, and other types of damage.

Small punctures might not be easy to spot, but if left untreated, they are a common cause of water infiltration. As a result, you might notice damp spots on the ceiling or other water damage signs, such as mold development and musty odors.

Modified Bitumen Roofing

Made of modified asphalt reinforced with polyester or fiberglass, modified bitumen roofing is a popular choice for commercial buildings in Texas due to its heat and UV resistance. The most common signs of wear include cracks in the surfacing or asphalt materials, which are weak spots for leaks. Water pooling on the roof may indicate a problem with the drains or a low spot that must be addressed immediately.

Similar to single-ply roofs, modified bitumen roofs can develop blisters or bubbles. They usually indicate incorrect application and must be fixed immediately to prevent extensive damage.

Built-Up Roofing

Built-up roofing is made of asphalt layered with other materials. Like bitumen roofing, it can develop cracks, but the various layers could also split, exposing the roof to water infiltration. If you notice gaps or layer separation at the seams, you should have the roof inspected immediately.

Blisters and bubbles are another cause for concern. Moss or algae growing on the roof should also be dealt with promptly, as they can trap moisture and lead to a faster deterioration of the roofing material.

If you notice any of these signs, you should have your commercial roof inspected and fixed immediately. Contact our Southwest Division at Platinum Roofing in San Antonio, TX to schedule an appointment. We also serve the Southeast and the Midwest areas with offices in Sheridan, AR and Gardener, KS.

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