Commercial Roofing: Why Is Your Roof Leaking?

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Commercial Roofing: Why Is Your Roof Leaking?

Peeling paint on an interior ceiling a result of water damage caused by a leaking pipe dripping down from upstairs a result of substandard plumbing completed by an unqualified plumber. A common house insurance claim.

After a heavy storm, the last thing that you want to see inside your business is dripping water or stained ceilings. Unfortunately, leaks can be a common problem with any roofing system. It’s important to know the most likely reasons your ceiling leaks so you can prevent future problems.

Aging’s Effect on the Roof

Your commercial roof should last between 15 and 20 years. While your particular roof’s lifespan may depend on your history of maintenance, all roofs have to be replaced eventually. After a certain number of years, it is more practical to invest in a new roof.

Damage to the Roof Flashings

Roof flashings are metal pieces installed on adjoining pieces of the roof. You’re most likely to see flashings on skylights, interior walls, roof edges, and chimneys. Over time, metal flashings can be damaged due to fluctuating temperatures or the wind.

Penetrations on the Roof

Flat commercial roofs have many different penetrations. Vents, pipes, HVAC units, gas lines, and other openings in the roof are considered penetrations. These areas are prone to leaks. However, you can seal them when the roof is installed or a spray coating can be applied to prevent leaking.

Little to No Drainage

When it rains, your roof must have a way to drain. To ensure that your roof is draining properly, you need to make sure that your gutters, drains, scuppers, and downspouts are clear of any debris. Have these components maintained regularly by a professional. If water doesn’t drain from your roof, it can pool. Pooling water can add weight and damage the roof.

Damage to the Membrane

Your roof’s membrane is the waterproof layer. Damage to the membrane can occur due to harsh weather, foot traffic, and more. When water makes it through the membrane, it can soak the insulation.

If you find a leak in your commercial building, it could have several different sources, luckily the professionals at Rain Man Roofing can help you determine the solution. Call 623-888-8740 or email us today with your commercial roofing needs.

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