When you’re a business owner, there are many things you need to stay on top of to keep your company running smoothly. So, remember, as you work on financial goals for your sales team, hire new employees, and build your brand, you also need to maintain the safety and stability of your building.
Your building’s condition benefits your employees, the perception of your business and your customers. So, if you haven’t paid much attention to your roof, there’s a chance that repairs may be in order.
When To Repair Or Replace A Commercial Roof
When repairs become a more regular occurrence, it may be time to consider the need for an entirely new roof. How can you determine when you need a new roof? Here are some things to look out for if you’re considering commercial roof replacement in the near future.
Damaged or Water-Stained Ceiling Tiles
If you feel anxious when the rain starts coming down (because you know your roof will be leaking), it’s probably time to turn to a professional to fix the issue. While you might assume that it’s obvious when you’ve got a leak on your hands; that isn’t always the case. In fact, with commercial buildings, leaks aren’t always that easy to spot.
For this reason, it’s important to keep an eye out for the signs that a leak is present. Look for mold growth and watch for water spots on ceiling tiles.
If your place of business has an attic, make sure to go upstairs once in a while to look for potential water damage. If you spot the signs of bubbled walls, mold growth or leaks, you might need to replace your commercial roof.
Blistering on Roofing Material
In addition to damaged or water-stained ceiling tiles, you should also keep an eye out for blistering on the commercial roofing material. While we don’t expect you to hop on the roof yourself, this type of issue is something that is noted in regular preventative maintenance inspections (which are performed by commercial roofing companies like TEMA Roofing).
Blistering can be a sign of water damage. When water or air gets trapped inside the insulated area between the roof and the rest of the building, it can deteriorate the inside of your roof.
As this process takes place, a release of gas occurs results in pockets of blisters on the outside of the roof.
Damage to Your Shingles
If your commercial roof is made out of shingles, it’s important to check the shingles for any splits, cracks or curls. If you notice multiple spots where the shingles have been wearing thin (or—worse—falling off), it’s a sign that you might need to replace your commercial roof.
Sometimes moss can grow where climates are wet or humid and that growth can compromise the integrity of the shingles, as well.
Heat is also a culprit and can cause shingles to crack and split. Unfortunately, no matter how durable your shingles are, there will come a time when commercial roof replacement is in order, and having a professional handle the job is always the best way to go.
Damage to the Roof Membrane
Many commercial roofs are flat and made out of a roofing membrane material. As is the case with shingles, these membranes should be checked regularly for signs of damage.
If your building has a flat roof membrane, a reliable commercial roofing company can check for areas of lifting or cracking. Both of these issues are signs that the roof is no longer sealed properly, which makes the system more vulnerable to water damage.
As the adhesive holding the roof together begins to age, it becomes less effective and may present cracks in the membrane that are susceptible to water. If you’ve had the same roof for many years, it may be time for a replacement.
Compromised Roof Deck
If you determine that your roof needs to be replaced, the deck should also be inspected.
If excessive moisture gets trapped under the roofing material or the deck, mold growth may be present and the deck itself could be rotten. So, though it might seem overwhelming to have to replace a roof deck and the roof itself, doing so may be necessary in certain circumstances.
Old Roof or Constant Repairs
Another factor in deciding whether your commercial roof needs replaced is its age. When your roof was installed and what it’s made of are key factors in determining how much life your roof has left.
If you check your building improvement records and notice that it’s been a long time since installation, it may be time to replace your commercial roof.
Contact an Experienced Roofing Team
If you’re worried about damage or deterioration that you’ve noticed on your commercial roof, don’t hesitate to get it checked out further.
Take a moment to call our experts at TEMA Roofing and we’ll send a representative to examine your roof and get it repaired or replaced in no time.