Commercial roofing is designed to stand the test of time, but that doesn’t mean it can’t develop leaks or other problems. Storm damage and exposure to the elements can create situations where your roof develops leaks or exposes sensitive materials to moisture damage in other ways.
It’s important to get these issues taken care of as soon as possible! Leaks aren’t a static problem – that is, you can’t postpone repairs and expect the problem to stay the same. Instead, leaks spread and cause increasing amounts of serious damage, the longer they are left alone. Here are the biggest reasons that matter.
The Possibility of Interior Damage
Once a leak has broached the sealants and safeguards on a commercial roof, it doesn’t stop there. Instead, it continues to seep through insulation, wood, drywall, and other materials, getting progressively worse after every rainfall. Many of the problems we’re discussing here happen because leaks don’t stop – and a commercial roof gives them a lot of space to spread out, even if the damage is happening unseen behind walls. So one of the major risks of the leak is widespread internal damage that can be very difficult to trace and repair – as well as expensive.
Equipment and Inventory Damage
We see this issue a lot in warehouses and factories that have old rooftops that suddenly encounter a fierce rainstorm. This can cause several serious leaks at once and drip a surprising amount of water down below. Unfortunately, a lot of this water ends up landing on stored inventory and supplies, or vulnerable equipment, which can be pricey replacements for the business (and isn’t usually covered by property insurance).
In a worst-case scenario, a leak has been happening for a long time and has seeped into structural components. Wood beams are designed to be as durable as possible, but they will warp and decay if they are repeatedly soaked. This requires thorough renovations to fix!
Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew thrive in dark, damp environments, so the inside of a commercial roof and nearby spaces are a dangerous place when a leak occurs. Mold can spread quickly through spores and is notoriously difficult to get rid of once it starts to grow – and is also rarely covered under insurance. The last thing you want is a mold remediation project for your building, which is why it’s important to catch leaks fast!
It may seem contradictory that leaks can cause fire hazards. However, roof leaks can sometimes run into vulnerable electrical wiring, breakers, or switches. This can lead to a short or create a fire hazard that increases every time that electrical line is used.
Commercial rooftops are also designed to help save energy by keeping heat away from cooled air inside (or vice-versa in winter). Leaks can quickly run through insulation layers and make rooftops less effective at this, which means your HVAC system will waste unnecessary energy managing your indoor space.
Not sure if your commercial roof has a leaking problem, or want to check on a suspicious moisture spot? Schedule your inspection today with MG Roofing, and we can provide you with the answers you need.