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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