Storms can be damaging to a commercial roof. However, most people do not realize exactly what effect strong winds and heavy rain have on their roofing system. Here are many of the different ways that storms can be damaging to your commercial roof.
Wind Can Blow Roofing Materials Off
Strong wind gusts can cause your roofing materials to fly right off. This is more common with residential homes that use shingles or tiles, rather than commercial properties that tend to use sheets or rolls for their roofing material. However, if the wind is strong enough, even larger roofing materials can be blown off, affecting your commercial roof.
Wind Can Blow Debris Across the Roof
Another way that wind can damage your roofing materials is by blowing debris across the roof. When it is windy, trash and debris, such as sticks, may be blown around and drug across your roof. As it drags, it can scratch or scrape your roofing material, causing gouges, holes or tears.
Wind Can Put Stress on the Flashing
Flashing is thin strips of metal that help to prevent water from seeping into the small cracks and crevices between your roof and the items that extend from your roof such as plumbing and ventilation stacks. But when it is windy, the wind may put stress on the flashing. This can cause it to bend, twist or warp.
Rain Causes Debris to Accumulate in the Gutters
When the first rains of the season hit, all of the debris that has been sitting on your roof, such as dirt and leaves, make their way off of the roof and into your gutters. This can cause your gutters to suddenly become clogged. In turn, this can prevent water from falling from the roof properly. Cleaning your gutters regularly helps to prevent this problem.
Standing Water on the Roof Can Lead to Moisture Damage
One of the biggest differences between commercial roofing and residential roofing is that most commercial roofs have little to no slope to them. This causes water from rain to just sit on the roof. This standing water can eventually lead to moisture damage. Moisture damage causes the roof to wear out faster and can lead to water leaking into the building in the future.
Heavy Rain Can Damage the Decking and Flashing
Lastly, heavy rain can be damaging to the decking and flashing on your commercial roof. Heavy rain may pound on your roof the way hail does. This can leave small dings and dents behind, causing damage to various parts of your roof.
It is recommended that you have your commercial roof inspected one to two times per year, or as needed following heavy storms. If your roof is in need of an inspection, contact MG Roofing, Inc. today. We would love to inspect your roof and find and repair any damage that may be present before it leads to further problems in the future.