Your Commercial Roof: 10 Signs For A Replacement

Regardless of your business type, your roof should be the first structural element that needs careful maintenance. The roof provides shelter for all of your hard work and dedication. Should there be a leak or mold related issue, this can affect your business and become a costly expense down the road. You wouldn’t neglect to sweep fallen limbs or debris from piling up on your home roof, so pay attention to signs, big and small, that bring the safety of your commercial roof into question. Here are some hidden and not so hidden signs that you need to replace your commercial roof.

The Difference between Residential and Commercial Roofing

Not all roofs are the same but you may not know this if you aren’t aware of the construction of houses versus buildings. Residential roofs require common materials such as shingles, clay tile, and granules, whereas commercial roof materials include solar and ceramic shingles, sturdy metal, and ethylene propylene monomer. Another aspect that separates standard from commercial roofing is the extra training. Extensive hands-on training is required to become a commercial roofer because of the in-depth installation and type of products that differ. Most expert roofers are skilled in both types of roofing, but check with the company to be on the safe side. When it comes to cost, residential has commercial roofing beat. You are looking at a larger expense in commercial roof repair because you have to factor in the size of the heavy duty materials and tools that are used. The design of a commercial roof is flat in comparison to the higher sloped residential roofs. Higher slopes require less maintenance than flat surfaced top because of the weight and weather issues that can occur over time. If you don’t know how old your roof is or you think it might be older than what the previous owner estimated, contact your local contractor right away.

If you get a clog…

Clogged drains are no joke and should always be checked prior to and after a major storm. Gusts of wind sweep anything its path and carry it right into your gutter, creating a weight so heavy that can pull and tear your roof over time. Check the exterior downspouts for water drainage and if you notice that the water isn’t draining, you may have a problem with your roof.

If you notice plant growth…

You will have to occasionally inspect the top of your roof for plant growth. Plants such as moss grow in places where excess moisture occurs. This means that your roof has trapped moisture and will eventually spring a leak.

If you notice bubbles…

This common sign of roof problems often goes unnoticed but is a serious indicator that water is trapped beneath your room. Again, this is a case of trapped moisture and water that can lead to mold growth and leakage issues.

If your walls are stained…

This is a no-brainer that there is a leak happening somewhere. If you notice ceiling or upper floor water stains within your walls, it’s time to call in the pro’s to inspect the roof. Chances are, the leak sprung with the first heavy rain and it got worse over time. At this point, it’s best to get a professional roofing contractor that can detect the whereabouts of the leak and whether or not you need a full commercial roof replacement.

If you have questions on an existing building and its warranty or are ready to replace the roof on your commercial building, don’t wait. Call the expert roofers at Stuart Roofing for budget-friendly estimates and helpful tips to keep a long-last roof.

By |2017-01-21T01:28:55+00:00January 21st, 2017|General|