Do you own or manage an industrial or commercial property that’s protected by a flat roof? Sometimes roof maintenance and inspection get neglected. Yet a low slope roof can be prone to water and wind damage and its integrity weakened without immediate signs of trouble.
You want to spot a leak in your flat roof before it becomes this obvious:
Northern Pennsylvania and neighboring states experience hailstorms dozens of times every year. Hail can occur during spring, summer, or fail. While no commercial roof system is impervious to hail damage, you may be wondering if roof coatings can withstand hail damage, especially since commercial roof coatings are far less expensive than a complete replacement.
Elastomeric coatings and other commercial roof coatings can withstand hail. How well depends in part on the size of the hailstones and the age of the roof system.
Hailstones vary in size, from about 1 cm to 4 cm. Larger hail that falls at a higher velocity obviously will cause more damage to a roof system than smaller hail in a less severe storm.
Through our years of experience working on commercial roofs, we’ve come across some common roof issues. If you’re a property manager or building owner, you’ll want to be alert to these signs of roof damage and weak spots. We offer free onsite roof inspections and can help you determine if there are weaknesses in your commercial roof.
Although many buildings are said to have flat roofs, that is
somewhat of a misnomer. Flat roofs are slightly sloped so that rain, snow, and
other moisture can properly drain. So, even though they appear to be completely
flat, they are not. However, their mostly flat structure allows for more
efficient use of space and they are easier to install. Typically, the cost to
maintain them is less expensive than the cost to maintain a pitched roof.
If your building endures dramatic climate changes throughout
each season, its roofing material will be put under more stress than commercial
buildings in more temperate, even climates. Temperature extreme can reduce the
lifespan of a commercial roof. A roof that is accessed a lot will also wear down
Commercial roofing is a specialized trade in which a
contractor installs, restores, or repairs the roofs of large industrial
buildings, warehouses, and commercial properties. Commercial roofs usually have
a low slope or are flat because these types of roofs are less expensive to
install and maintain than pitched roofs that you typically see on residential
buildings. Commercial roofs are usually made up of BUR (built-up roofing)
consisting of tar and gravel, EDPM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), PVC (polyvinyl
chloride), TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin), metal, or modified bitumen.
We’ve gone over the different
types of commercial roofs, covering some of the most common commercial and industrial
roofing materials and systems. From PVC to EPDM to metal roofing, various
materials help protect the usually flat and low-slope, low-pitch roofs commonly
found on warehouses, office buildings, and other commercial properties.
Sun, rain, wind, hail, and time can impact your commercial
roof’s ability to protect your building, its contents, and the people inside
it. So what happens when you’ve got an old building or a building where new
construction was added to an existing, older structure?
Commercial buildings require a lot of maintenance, but
commercial roofs shouldn’t be at the top of a facility manager’s list when it
comes to routine repair. Most commercial buildings have roofs that last for
But you should be monitoring your commercial roof yearly. Annual
commercial roof inspections to identify possible damage can alleviate the risk
of developing larger repair needs in the future.
If you manage a commercial property, be alert to the following
commercial roof issues that typically occur. You can call our professional roof consultants to schedule your
commercial roof inspection.
Replacing the roof on a commercial building can be a huge
expense. That’s why it’s so important to have a commercial roof consultant
inspect your building’s roof to conduct a leak inspection and ensure all
personnel, inventory, and equipment are sheltered properly.
If the roofing consultant discovers leaks or other roof damage, a roof restoration might be your best option. Roof restorations are money-saving options that can take care of leaks and other damage efficiently and effectively.
Now more than ever, with the strain of COVID-19
restrictions, capital spending limited, and the economy less stable, roof
coatings an ideal solution to budgetary limitations.
Last winter was mild, and we certainly saw less snow
accumulation than years past. Still, a mild winter doesn’t necessarily erase
the risk of roof damage.
Now’s the time to inspect your facility’s roof to check for
leaks or other damages. Not sure what you’re looking for? One of our
professional roofing consultants would be happy to come out and inspect your
commercial property for any leaks, potential for leaks, or evidence of damage.