It is common for these issues to occur during inclement weather when your roof is left to bear the brunt of the elements. The reality is that even a well-maintained roof has its thresholds of what it can take in the event of a storm.
Here are four types of damages you may see on your commercial property’s roof:
Ponding is an accumulation of water that settles on the roof for more than 48 hours without draining or evaporating. This may seem harmless but can cause severe damage to your property’s roof. When left unchecked, this standing water can rapidly erode your roof’s membrane, which can cause leaks and sagging. Once your roof has begun to sag, ponding water will accumulate in greater quantities, which can lead to a total collapse of your roof once its weight threshold is exceeded.
Hailstorms are no stranger to the Front Range area and can prove to be a severe threat to your roof’s integrity. Intense storms can dent or puncture your roof’s membrane, which can lead to ponding or leaking, depending on the severity of the puncture. Additionally, the bottom of your roofing membrane can shatter without any visible damage to the surface layer. This can lead to leaks going undetected, causing substantial damage to your roof’s integrity.
During the winter months, your commercial property’s roof withstands what is known as a freeze-thaw cycle. While this may seem harmless, this cycle can lead to severe cracking and leaking in your roof’s membrane. If there is even the slightest opening in the roof’s surface, water from melted snow can seep into it and then re-freeze overnight. This causes the openings to expand and further crack, leading to more and more water seeping through your roof’s membrane, causing leaks and failures in the roof’s integrity.
While commercial roofs are designed to withstand high winds, several factors can lead to your roof being compromised. Winds hitting extreme speeds can damage any roof, regardless of the material. The push and pull from high winds can lift, and eventually tear your roof’s flashing and membrane. In worst-case scenarios, pieces of your roof’s surface can tear off and damage other parts of the roof as the wind carries the debris.
Whenever a storm occurs, there is always a potential for your commercial property’s roof to be damaged. If these damages are caught quickly, the scale and the related repair costs can be mitigated. This is why A-Line Contractors highly recommends scheduling an inspection after any major storm.