Commercial rooftops are often "out of sight, out of mind." Building owners rarely think about the roof as long as everything seems to be working properly. And when they wonder if something is wrong or if it's time for the roof to get an update, many owners aren't sure what to look for, and don't know the signs that something is wrong with their roof.
That's why we're here to help! Here are the warning signs that a conscientious business owner should look for when worried about leaks, moisture damage, and related problems stemming from roof damage.
Stains on Ceilings or Walls
Frequently, a damaged roof will only leak briefly during the rain, and that leak will quickly dry up as it makes its way through a building. However, even these dried leaks leave signs behind, and those signs are usually yellow-dark stains on ceilings or walls. If you spot a stain where there wasn't one before, it may be time to ask a professional to take a look and see if it was caused by a roof leak. Remember, where the stain shows up and where the roof is leaking may not be related at all! That's why it's important to get an expert's opinion.
A Strong Odor
If a roof is letting moisture into the building, you may be able to smell it before you see it. Wet and rotting insulation, drywall and wood will create distinct odors that will be easier to notice after it rains. If the roof leak starts to create mold or pest problems, these often come with odors as well. It's a sign that you should take immediate action!
Signs of Mold or Mildew Growth
Moisture and darkness encourage the growth of mold and mildew. If you notice mold growing in the upper reaches of your building, this is an extremely serious issue that indicates a roof leak. Mold is extremely damaging, can spread throughout a building, and is very expensive to remove – many materials cannot be saved from mold damage.
If you do see signs of mold, call up experts at once. A professional will be able to diagnose the extent of the problem and offer a solution or recommend a mold remediation company if necessary. This isn't a problem that you can just sit on.
Puddles and Pools
Some signs are more obvious than others! Puddles may be caused by condensation, dripping equipment, or other issues. However, repeated puddles, especially after rainfall, are a sign you may have leak issues. You also never want to see lingering pools of water on top of your roof, no matter how flat the roof may seem. Rooftops are not designed for these pools, and this means something is wrong!
Do some of these warning signs hit a little too close to home? Your business's roof may need a closer look to see if anything is wrong, and what the cause may be. Schedule your inspection with MG Roofing today. Our experts will take a look at your commercial roof and see what's going on.