Things That Can Happen To Your Commercial Roof

Your commercial roof is more critical to your business than you give it credit for. It ensures everything inside the business is protected from the weather. It also makes up a good part of your business's appearance. The roof helps keep your power bills down and provides everyone under the roof with safety. Commercial roofs do much more as well, and this is why you want to make sure you are taking care of your roof to the best of your ability. However, no matter how diligent you are with things like routine roof inspections, there are problems that can arise. This article covers some of the common problems that can happen to commercial roofs so that you are more apt to spot them and have them repaired promptly. 

The roof can be punctured

Punctures are common problems that happen to roofs, including commercial roofs. They come from pressure on an area of the roof that can come from things like fallen branches or other heavy objects that may fall on the roof. Punctures come in many sizes, but all of them pose a serious risk to the roof and the interior of the building if not fixed as soon as possible. 

Tree branch damage

There are a number of ways tree branches can damage the roof, in addition to punctures, as explained above. If there are branches growing too close to the roof, then the branches can cause damage by scratching the roof when the wind blows them. They can also cause damage to the edges of the roof as they grow. Having branches too close to the surface of the roof can also make it easier for rodents and even larger animals like raccoons to get on the roof, potentially causing problems. In storms, large branches can even fall on the roof and cause a partial collapse. 

Damaged flashing 

Flashing is made from sheets of metal. It is installed around parts of the commercial roof where there are vents, pipes, etc. The flashing is there to help offer support to these weaker areas. However, over time, the flashing can become damaged. This can allow moisture to get beneath the surface of the roof, where it will cause damage. Larger leaks may even occur in these areas. When the flashing is showing signs of damage, it needs to be replaced. 

Roof leaks

While the problems listed above can all cause leaks, it's important to know that leaks can spring up without any obvious damage to the roof. A leaking roof can cause problems in many areas and in a lot of ways. They can destroy expensive equipment, create slipping hazards, and even create fire hazards. This is why you want to have the roof looked at immediately if you see signs of water where it shouldn't be after a rainstorm.

For more information on commercial roofing, contact a professional near you.