As a commercial property owner, each spring and fall, if you make a habit of doing a visual inspection of your commercial roof with Christian Brothers Roofing, you can spot problems and initiate repairs to minimize your costs and disruptions caused by roof leaks. After a storm is an additional time your roof should be looked at to make sure it is providing excellent protection for your property. An inspection checklist can help you verify each vital component of your roof is working properly.
Signs of Commercial Roof Damage
When it’s time to inspect your commercial roof, here are some signs that indicate you may have roof damage:
1. Ponding Water
Examine your roof after a heavy rain, and if you see puddles of water across your roof, it’s a sign the built-in roof drainage system has failed. A professional roofer needs to address this promptly, before the ponding water can infiltrate your roof and cause costly damage.
2. Damaged Flashing
Roof seams can become vulnerable to water infiltration, so flashing is added to cover them. If your roof’s protective flashing becomes loose, water could be infiltrating your roof seams. Caught early, this is a minor repair. Caught late, this is either a major repair or your commercial roof may need replacing.
3. Cracks and Tears
Cracks are one of the most common causes of commercial roof problems and happen often after about 15 years of use. If your commercial roofing cracks, it’s vital you get prompt assistance from an experienced roofer so serious damage doesn’t occur.
4. Roof Leaks
The most obvious indication you have roof damage is if water drips inside your commercial property after it rains. If you notice your roof leaking, contact a professional roofing company immediately to schedule repairs.
5. Water Spots on Your Ceiling
The most prevalent reason for water spots on the ceiling of your commercial property is a leaking roof. Call an experienced roofer to repair the leak as soon as possible to prevent additional damage.
6. Rips in Your Roof Membrane
EPDM rubber roofs are one of the most common roofing types for commercial buildings. If the protective rubber roof membrane is visibly ripping, that indicates the watertight seal is broken and your building is vulnerable to moisture penetration. Hefty roof leaks can follow when you notice a rip in your roof membrane. Contact an experienced roofing company promptly to minimize damage.
7. Loose or Unattached EPDM Membrane
If your EPDM flat roof membrane is waving in the wind, you’re no longer getting the roofing protection you need. It’s a simple repair if caught early enough, but a major repair if left unnoticed. Get the protection you need for your commercial building by keeping your roof maintenance and repair needs up-to-date.
8. Loose Roof Fasteners
When you see bumps on your roof membrane, it’s often a sign your roof fasteners are loose. If it’s obvious that you can see or feel the fasteners through your roof membrane, it’s an early sign that your membrane will need repair in the future. Keep an eye out for this early sign of problems.
If you see mold or smell it inside your commercial building, it could be the result of water infiltrating your roofing system. Mold is unhealthy to breathe and should be dealt with as soon as it’s detected. Call a professional roofer to have your roof inspected promptly.
Parts of Your Commercial Roof to Check for Damage
Roof System Parts
When you’re checking your commercial roofing system, take a good look at the rubber membrane, the seams, the fasteners, ceilings inside your building, and around the perimeter of your building. Contact a reputable roofing company for a more in-depth inspection and any needed repairs.
Common Causes of Commercial Roof Damage and Leaks
- Inadequate drainage system
- Broken flashing seals
- Time, wear, and tear break down a roof’s membrane
- Inadequate ventilation
- Roof cracks or punctures
- Weather including snow, rain, and high winds
- Roof age
- Pounding UV rays
Commercial Roof Maintenance
A commercial roof maintenance program can help bypass the possibility of major problems with your commercial roof by heading them off at the pass when they begin.
Get annual on-site inspections that give you detailed insight into your roofing system’s performance, and recommendations on any needed repair services from our Kansas City Missouri roofing company.
How to Know if You Need a New Commercial Roof
- If your commercial roof is old and faulty
- If your roof suffered extensive damage from storms, hail, wind, or fire
- If you have obvious roof leaks
- If standing water shows up on your commercial roof
- If your energy bills are unusually high
- If your building is not appealing to new tenants
Reputable Commercial Roof Repair
At Christian Brothers Roofing, we offer a 10-year workmanship warranty on all roofs we install. Our certified roof inspector will uncover exactly what your roof needs: repair or replacement. We install TPO flat roofing, EPDM flat roofing, Modified Bitumen flat roofing, Asphalt shingles, Metal roofing, Standing Seam roofing, and Stone-Coated Steel roofing.
Preserve your KC commercial roof with reliable repairs by Christian Brothers Roofing.