Effects of Thermal Shock On Your Commercial Roof

The Effects of Thermal Shock On Your Commercial Roof

The front range is no stranger to severe and rapid weather changes. While noted for its 270 days of sunshine, it isn’t uncommon to see weather from all four seasons in the same day, which comes with its consequences for commercial roofs. While commercial roofs are built to withstand the elements, the rapid overnight change from hot to cold or vice versa can cause damages related to thermal shock. Today we examine the Effects of Thermal Shock On Your Commercial Roof.

Thermal shock is the rapidly expanding and contracting of your commercial roof’s materials due to quick and drastic changes in temperatures. The bigger the swing in temperature, the more rapid expansion, and contraction will occur, resulting in various damages.

Here are some of the damages your commercial roof might endure when experiencing thermal shock:

Cracking

Depending on the mailability of the materials used in your commercial roof, thermal shock can often cause cracking in its membrane. Expansion caused by constant exposure to direct heat can accelerate a material’s decline due to the loss of integrity. If there is a rapid shift to colder temperatures, the sudden contraction of these materials may cause them to crack or deteriorate to the point where they will break upon expanding again. If left untreated, this problem can spread throughout your entire commercial roof and result in a total roof replacement.

Buckling

Often seen in older roofing systems, buckling is a common problem caused by thermal shock that can be harder to identify but can still cause serious issues. As a commercial roof ages, portions of it become stronger or denser than others. In an instance of thermal shock causing rapid contraction and expansion, the weaker parts of the roof, which are more susceptible to these conditions, can begin to swell up into and over the sturdier areas. The overlapping and grinding of these materials can cause the stronger portions to deteriorate even quicker, resulting in a loss of integrity throughout the entire commercial roof.

Leaking

When thermal shock causes the materials in your commercial roof to expand and contract, it affects more than just the surface layer. The sudden contraction and expansion can cause the sealing of your roof to be pushed out of position or even crack. Additionally, the fastenings of your commercial roof may also expand and contract, creating gaps at its base layer, leaving space for moisture to seep in underneath it. If heavy rain suddenly rolls in on a hot and sunny day, the roof can rapidly cool off, causing thermal shock and creating the conditions for significant damages to your commercial property.

Thermal shock is an issue commercial roofing systems in the front range often face, so it is important to consider measures to mitigate it. Application of reflective roof coatings can keep your commercial roof protected by reflecting UV light from the sun to prevent heat build-up and give it a tight malleable seal to prevent leaks. One of the most significant risks of thermal shock is that when left unchecked, its effects can compound and result in needing a total roof replacement.

Thermal shock-causing conditions in the forecast? Contact us today to schedule an inspection to make sure your commercial roof can handle them! We’ll help you understand “The Effects of Thermal Shock On Your Commercial Roof”.

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Commercial Roof Damage. What Is Important To Know!

A good commercial roof remains out of mind until an issue arises. 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.

Are you concerned about commercial roof damage?

Here are four types of damages you may see on your commercial property’s roof:

Ponding

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.

Hail Damage

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.

Ice Damage

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.

Wind Damage

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.

Is it time to have an inspection for commercial roof damage? Contact us today!

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is it time to replace your commercial property's roof?

Is It Time to Replace Your Commercial Property’s Roof?

We’ve all heard the adage “nothing lasts forever,” unfortunately, your commercial property’s roof is no exception. The reality is even well-maintained commercial roofing systems will eventually have to be replaced. That being said, when the time comes, there are some tell-tale signs your commercial roofing contractor can identify to minimize the costs of a failing roof.

Here are four signs to help you know “is it time to replace your commercial property’s roof?

Leaking

The first and arguably most urgent sign that it is time to replace your commercial property’s roof is widespread leaking. When inspecting your property’s upper level, you may see watermarks or even warping on both the ceiling and upper walls. This is a sign that the membrane of your roof has begun to fail, and water is leaking into the building. Insulation failing due to the moisture it absorbed, warping of the ceiling and walls, and worst-case scenario, a total collapse of the roof due to its failing integrity are possible problems leaking can cause.

Membrane Damage

Your roof is one of your first lines of defense against the elements, especially against harsh weather conditions such as high winds and severe winter weather. When these occur, it can take a toll on your commercial property’s surface integrity, including uplifting, cracking, or tearing a significant amount of your roof’s membrane. If damage exceeds 30% of the roof’s surface, a total roof replacement should be considered, as extensive surface area damages can cause significant damage to the upper levels of your property if left unchecked.

Roof Rot

While we don’t often experience high volumes of rain in the front range, the fluctuation of snow to warm weather can lead to significant pooling or standing water on your property’s roof. Even when diligently addressed, continued exposure to this can lead to roof rot in the membrane. Roof rot can be identified by sagging spots, bubbling, discoloration, and water stains in the membrane of your roof. If caught early enough, this can be repaired; however, this rot could spread throughout your roof if allowed to decay, significantly compromising its integrity. This can be extremely hazardous if allowed to become widespread and would require an urgent roof replacement.

Insulation Failure

Noticing that your building isn’t maintaining a consistent temperature or that your energy bills are significantly increasing could be a sign that the insulation of your commercial property’s roof has begun to fail. When moisture begins to leak into your property, the first thing likely exposed to it is the insulation sitting below the roof. Water-logged insulation loses its effectiveness and will no longer maintain the internal temperature of your property. If left unchecked, moisture in the insulation can cause structural damage to the surfaces around it.

While roof replacement is inevitable in the long run, there are steps you can take to make sure that you don’t have to replace it earlier than necessary. One of these key steps is to schedule routine inspections and maintenance on your commercial property’s roof. Our team is trained to catch these problems using state-of-the-art technology and allows us to repair them for you before they significantly increase in scale.

Contact us today and let the experts at A-Line Contractors help you understand “Is it time to replace your commercial property’s roof?

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Winter Weather and your commercial roof

Winter Weather and Your Commercial Roof

Colorado is no stranger to drastically changing winter weather. You need to prepare for the effects of winter weather and your commercial roof. The state sees anywhere from 60” to 120” of snow a year, and with nearly 250 days of sunshine, the process of snowing, thawing, and then freezing again becomes routine. As this routine repeats itself throughout the winter, the roof of your commercial property can take quite a beating.

Below are some potential hazards of Colorado winters and how it can affect your commercial roof:

Snow Buildup

Colorado averages the 7th most snowfall annually in the US, and due to most commercial roofs being flat, they typically hold most of the snow that falls on them. This can lead to the roof bearing a dangerous weight load past the maximum limit. The stress on your roof’s integrity can result in cracks, or worst-case scenario, collapse.

Ponding

Depending on temperature and sun exposure during the winter, there is a high chance of pools of water forming on your commercial roof, known as ponding. Ponding can lead to large amounts of water seeping into spaces where it otherwise would not, including open seams and cracks, causing potential leaking. In addition to this leaking, water getting into these seams and cracks can refreeze overnight, causing the openings to grow.

Winter Winds

Cold and high winds are very common during Colorado winters. Come January, the average wind velocity can reach 10 mph. These consistent high winds can result in damaged flashings, torn laps, and/or open seams depending on the roof type.

We cannot control mother nature, but we can control how we prepare for it. Determining a plan for the incoming weather can save a great deal of money in repairs throughout the winter. Taking steps such as keeping up with routine inspections and maintenance throughout the winter can catch potential issues before they start.

Need help prepping your commercial roof for the Colorado winter? Contact A-Line Contractors today.

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