Commercial Roofing is our specialty at Roofing Clearwater Pros.
The ceiling of any commercial building is its first structural line of defense. It safeguards from natural hazards such as rain, wind, hail, fire, ice, snow and extreme heat, Ironically, the roof is also the most vulnerable part of the building. With each passing day, the roof is exposed to the harsh weather and other elements that contribute to its decay and result in deterioration.
Thus, augmenting the risk of damages to the roof itself as well as the buildings incumbents residing below.
The apex regulating authority, The IBC (International Building Code) has set the necessary safety standards for commercial buildings, stating explicitly that the roofs “Serve to Protect and Safeguard the Building.” The systematic process for having a secure roof that “protects the building” begins primarily with the design, the selected construction materials, and lastly the installation at the time of building or remodelling the facility. However, numerous secondary constraints must be given due weightage as well, including a regular inspection program, maintenance-upkeep, and related repair activities. These pointers must be imbibed within the operational planning so as to enhance the life-cycle of the roof and ensure that it protects the business from weather damage.
The focus is to identify and address the common trouble-makers, in order to put a stop on the problems before they even emerge and fix them up before it gets too late.
RECOGNIZE THE INDICATIONS OF A ROOF ISSUE
The first priority under any circumstance should be to identify and fix any major problems, especially if it’s been awhile since the roof was last inspected.
Apparent serious problems to the roof are at times identifiable even from insides of the building. Such as water stains on the ceiling are usually an indication of a leak that is usually caused by a crack or hole in the roof. It is of utmost important that one comprehends the damage potential of even the smallest of leaks, and that these are signs of big troubles. On a similar line, if the building has unexplained mold or odors inside, than the roof leak has resulted in water penetration. Although the internal water damages or molds may signal trouble above, it’s also vital to visually inspect the roof for problems that might worsen over time.
Inspections at times can be conducted by the owners themselves, depending upon the slope of the roof and the ease of access. But in most of the cases, it's sensible to hire a contractor for a safe and precise inspection. Moreover, the issues mentioned will assist in understanding the significance of potential problems identified by the hired professional, along with the needful actions.
SOME VISUAL CLUES TO LOOK FOR
Premature aging and deterioration of the roof cover that in turn leads to massive leaks is mostly caused by the prolonged standing water or ponding on the roof. Leaks that go undetected have the potential to rust the steel roof decks over time, rot the wooden decks, and even corrode gypsum decks as well as the lightweight insulating concrete into thick paste like substances. Also, the additional weight of the excessive standing water can significantly weaken the roof deck.
The trapped moisture within the roof cover is indicated by bubbles and this also lead to leaks, forcing a reduction in the lifespan of the roof-cover as well as its effectiveness in countering the uplift forces associated with windstorms, apart from speeding up the premature aging of the deck. Another root cause of bubbles are the gasses released from the insulation boards that get trapped below the roof cover. A roof cut or moisture survey of the roof cover assists in the appropriate diagnosis
Roof flashing is the installation of metal strips or other impervious material around the perimeter of the roof edge, the place where the roof cover meets the wall. The strips are also installed around the objects that protrude from the roof, so as to deflect the water away from seams and joints. As a matter of fact, any gaps/holes in the flashing or the roof cover perimeter exponentially increase the potential for a roof cover failure. The risks get multiplied during the event of high winds, water intrusions or molds. For further information contact us and we will assist you in assessing this for your commercial property.
Cracking seams, tears or worn in the roof cover allow water to enter seep through the cover below.
ADDITIONAL AREAS FOR INSPECTION
Ensure and double check for loose or detached lightning protection system at all times. These minuscule things might in the future cause a tear or a puncture within the roof covering, especially during strong gusts. Moreover, a lightning protection system with detached metal cables and/or aerials is incapable of relegating the intended protection services for the building’s occupants.
Check the skylights, if any, for security purposes. The skylights that aren’t sealed properly and secured around the frame’s edge might lead to leaks, that in turn may cause them to get dislodged. This then, clears the pathway for wind driven rain and debris to enter the building, especially during high wind events.
Moreover, the plastic domed panels can turn to brittle and become susceptible to cracks over time.
MAINTENANCE AND CARE
The best method to keep the roof-related problems away and also achieve a reinforced weather resistance is through the practice of preventive maintenance on a regular basis. Proper maintenance not just works in favor of longevity of the roof, but in many instances it alternates “repair” instead of the costly “replacement” as soon as the problem is identified. The frequency of maintenance inspections depends upon one of the several factors, that includes the age of the roof, rooftop foot traffic, recent weather events as well as the general state of conditions identified during the previous inspections. As a thumb rule, an effective routine for scheduling inspections fall and spring, i,e, once in every 6 months.
Some of the things to keep in mind:
Every inspection should thoroughly search for as well as chalk out a repair plan for the indicative signs of problems described above.
Always make it a point to inspect the roof for damages post a severe windstorm or a hurricane, as repeated storms may weaken the roof structure. Even if the roof survived a storm without any scratches, it might get damaged or weakened enough so as to fail during the next storm, or the very next one after that.
Inspections must double check for signs of previous leaks or similar issues as well as ensure that the repairs have stayed intact.
Get rid of any loose objects and accumulated debris from the ceiling surface. A clogged roof with all sorts of junk materials has a tendency to hold onto moisture, leading to accelerated deterioration of the roofing materials. A ceiling devoid of debris especially in the dry areas faces minimal threats of accidental ignitions from wildfire.
Regularly trim the trees from the vicinity. This stops the branches from rubbing against the roof and the dry leaves getting accumulated upon the roof, thus leading to clogged drains and gutters.
Leaves, twigs and other debris are all bottlenecks for an adequate drainage. Frequently check the gutters and downspouts for the same. And if the location is one that is prone to hurricanes, ensure that the gutters including the gutter straps have been designed to resist the uplift.
Make sure that the rooftop vents and equipments are inspected every week for any leakages apart from utilizing flashing cement for sealing any holes or gaps within. Replacement is a necessary evil, if the metal flashing has deteriorated badly, or if the vents tend to wiggle back and forth.
Reach out to your insurer and have the roof inspected in the event of a serious storm and high winds.
Consult our professional commercial roofing contractors if the issues persist even after a maintenance review of the ceiling. The contractor is capable of calculating the health status of the roof, arrive at an estimate for its life expectancy, devise a maintenance plan as well as identify any additional steps essential to safeguard the roof.
Consider the following points whence hiring a roofing contractor: (Then choose us!)
Go forth with the established, licensed and/or bonded professionals.
Don't just settle for quotes from one contractor. Obtain several bids for your roofing services.
Specifically enquire and for check references, inclusive of other commercial buildings in your locality.
Make sure that you see the certificates of insurance. The point is to ensure that the coverage for liability and workers’ compensation insurance is current.
The bid has to clearly define the work that will be done, that includes the hauling away of debris and cleanup of grounds.
Double check the deck for any soaked water or other deteriorated material, If a new roof is being installed on an existing building, include the replacement of damaged materials as a part of the contract.
Confirm, discuss and verify the warranty information and receive the same in writing. Always keep the warranty copies as well as the work records that assist with the future inspections, maintenance, and repairs.
An adequately maintained roof is necessary to ensure the protection of buildings and the conducted business within it. Always keep in mind that repair is better than replacement and a tad-bit of maintenance can result in a lot of savings.
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