Let’s face it. Flat roofs are great, but they face several challenges that other sloped roofs don’t have to. One of the biggest is ponding water, or roof leaks. Roofing leaks have a tendency to spiral out of control and create serious roof hazards. It’s not even due to lack of effort on the part of businesses; they’re simply difficult to spot sometimes. Lucky for you, we have some times on how you can protect your commercial roofing system from these pesky problems!
Do Flat Roofs Leak More?
Every commercial roof has at least some vulnerability to water leaks. Even durable metal roofing systems with standing seams can potentially spring a leak (although that is exceptionally rare). Flat roofs however, are much more susceptible to water infiltration because of their tendency to pond water. This can lead to some serious consequences if not dealt with quickly, including…
- Insulation Damage
- Wood Rot in the Roof Supports
- Flooring Damage
Spotting the leak is often a matter of chance, depending on where the leak originates. Some businesses may call their plumbing maintenance service because they think they have a damaged pipe, when the problem originated from rooftop leak that trickled down into the walls.
The Good News About Flat Roofs
The good news is you can easily take measures to defend against these roofing hazards. Regular roof inspections can help you identify and deal with leaks that have cropped up over time. If scarring, cracks, and small holes have you worried about your rooftop, try using a silicone roof coating to mend the damage and provide an extra layer of waterproofing protection. You can also ask your local commercial roofing company to install better drain paths to combat heavy rains and water pooling.
When your business faces invasive roof leaks, take care of it sooner than later. If you’d like more information about spotting and addressing leaks and other roof hazards, give our ECO Commercial Roofing team a call at 877-406-7663.