Your property’s roofing system must undergo regular maintenance and repairs to ensure its longevity and functionality. By taking on a proactive approach, you can avoid issues that a reputable roofing contractor sees as threats to the roof’s structural integrity and long-term performance. We discuss four of these “red flags” below:
1. Rooftop Pools
These are a common amenity in multi-family properties, hotels and condominiums. However, they can be considered red flags if they’re not constructed and maintained properly, becoming one of the most common sources of leaks and water infiltration into the rest of the structure.
2. Standing Water
Low-sloped roofs on commercial properties are built in such a way that they prevent water from entering the building interior. However, without the benefit of proper drainage, standing water can put excessive stress on roofs, leading to their structural failure. Any roofer would recommend cleaning gutters and drains to ensure water accumulation is minimized.
3. Deterioration on Ballasted Roofs
Ballasted roofs often have rocks or pavers to hold the loose-laid membrane in place and protect it from damage due to ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure and general wear and tear. Usually, the ballast is removed from areas of the roof that require maintenance. Sometimes, the ballast is not replaced after the work is done, exposing the membrane to the elements, which then accelerates its deterioration.
4. Wear and Tear Due to Lack of Upkeep
Numerous commercial roofing red flags can be mitigated through general roof maintenance conducted annually or twice a year. This helps prevent wear and tear commonly observed by roofing experts during inspections. Clearing debris frequently, as well as staying on top of punctures, abrasions and other signs of damage, help in preserving and even extending the roof’s lifespan.
For your commercial and residential roofing needs, turn to Christian Brothers Roofing. We specialize in high-quality reroofing and new construction for homes, churches, condominiums and apartments. Expect us to provide you with references and our insurance information during our free initial estimate.