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Learn to Spot a Leak In Your Flat Roof | Property Management Tips

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:

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Can Commercial Roof Coatings Withstand Hail Damage?

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.

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5 Common Roof Problems Your Building Might Have (with photos)

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.

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Select the Best Coating for Flat Roof Repair

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 faster.

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Top Answers to Your Commercial Roofing Questions

What is commercial roofing?

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.

What is commercial roof restoration?

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Can Coatings Restore Roofs on Old Buildings?

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?

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Identify Your Roof Repair Needs

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 decades.

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.

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What to Expect During a 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.

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The Best Time of Year for Commercial Roofing Projects

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.

With precautions in place due to COVID-19, our consultants practice social distancing, safety protocols, and offer contact-less updates on projects through the use of CompanyCam.

The upcoming months are ideal for roof projects. In fact, the best time for roof coating applications is between May and October.

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