How the Summer Heat Can Affect the Roof on Your Commercial Building
Summer weather into fall can be very unpredictable. With the intensity of storms and temperatures fluctuating, you may be sighing with relief now that summer is coming to an end. But wait! The heat of the summer sun can still damage your commercial roofing. And that can leave you with expensive problems to fix. So, what’s the solution? The experts at MG Roofing recommend checking for these common summertime roofing issues:
While commercial roofing is generally tougher than residential shingles, that doesn’t mean cracks and leaks don’t appear. UV rays can be dangerous to a roof, causing it to break down and cause cracks to appear. Regular inspections can help keep this small issue from becoming a big problem.
Did you know that a metal roof can reach nearly 200 degrees on a typical summer afternoon? This, combined with the fact that at night it will cool down to a warm 90 degrees (or below) and you can see why expansion and contraction can become a problem. As your commercial roof expands and contracts during the day and evening, seams often break apart, leaving space for water to infiltrate — and this can result in dangerous leaks!
Summer roofing contraction also causes fasteners to loosen, which can also allow moisture to infiltrate the underlying roofing materials.
Depending on what your commercial roofing is made of, surface damage may appear when the heat begins to melt shingles or adhesives keeping the different layers of the roofing together. When comprised enough, holes and dents may appear.
Water is the enemy to any roof. Even the smallest amount that finds its way under your roofing materials can cause a lot of trouble — and cost a small fortune to fix. But, commercial roofs which may also house AC units on them are especially vulnerable to moisture. The hotter the summer day, the more that AC unit is going to run and that is going to cause condensation to build up on and around the unit — and this moisture can penetrate your roof if not taken care of.
Commercial roofs are built to last, but that does not mean that they do not need regular maintenance to remain strong. Regular inspections can help to highlight problems that need to be dealt with quickly to avoid costly repairs in the future. Keep your commercial roof trouble-free by bringing in the expert team from MG Roofing to inspect your commercial roof and fix those small trouble spots before they become expensive emergencies that need to be dealt with.