Your roof is the only thing standing between your business and the outside elements. Regular maintenance can extend the life of your roof. But, eventually, your roof will reach the end of its lifespan. Here are four signs that your commercial roof is beyond repair and needs to be replaced.
1. Worn Roof Deck
The deck supports your entire roof. If this critical component is damaged, worn, or torn, your roof will leak. Water could also become trapped under the roof materials and cause mold growth, which can spread and damage the entire roof and your building.
Roof deck damage requires careful inspection. Check as much of the area as possible. Look for signs of deterioration, such as leaks, tears, or rust.
2. Damaged Roof Membrane
A properly installed and sealed roof membrane prevents leaks. A torn, worn, or damaged membrane allows water, wind, and other elements to damage the roof.
Inspect the membrane regularly. Look for bald spots, tears, or uplift, all indicators that it’s time to replace your roof. Pay special attention to the seams and corners, common problem areas.
3. Visible Water Infiltration
Holes, punctures, and worn spots in the roof can allow water to seep into the roofing materials. If left untreated, the leaks may cause serious damage to the roof and the rest of your commercial building.
Check your external roof for tears and other damage. Look carefully at the ceilings inside your building, too. Note water drips and leaks, plus sags, bubbles, peeling paint, water spots, mildew, and a musty odor. These indicators reveal water infiltration that needs your attention.
4. Compromised Insulation
Worn or damaged roofing materials can allow water to drip into the insulation. Water-logged insulation affects the energy efficiency of your building. Wet insulation can also harbor dangerous mold, which can spread beyond the roof and ruin other structural components of your building.
Take a close look at the roof’s insulation, and identify problem areas. Signs of water damage can include bubbles, blisters, and a musty odor. Higher-than-normal heating or air conditioning bills could also be a sign that your insulation may be compromised by roof damage.
Replace Rather Than Repair Your Roof
Patches, sealants, coatings, and other repairs offer a temporary fix. You may even replace just a small portion of your roof. But these repairs won’t stop water, wind, and other elements from causing further damage. A full roof replacement is the only solution that completely protects your roof and building.
At Dutton & Garfield Inc., we specialize in commercial roofs. Let us inspect every aspect of your roof and verify all the damage and problematic areas. We offer quick, reliable service that’s cost-effective and supports your company’s success. Contact us today.