Diagnosing commercial roof problems is a little different from the common troubles of a residential roof. Are the spots on your flat roofing system signs of hail roof damage or are they caused by people walking all over the roof? Can your leaks be traced to seam failure or are they because your flashing strips are faulty? Different issues are caused by different things. And choosing the right way to fix said issues typically depends on what is causing them.
Some problematic signs are pretty obvious like water stains on your ceilings usually indicate a leak. Other signs are much less so. Here are some things our experts at Atrium Roofing recommend you look out for to see if your commercial roofing system is having some problems.
Mold, Mildew and Bugs
Mold is a common issue for almost any type of roof. Some, like metal roofing, are designed to discourage the spread and growth of mold. Unfortunately, for commercial flat roofs, the presence of mold can be a sign of deep water penetration. Mold, mildew, and other pests thrive in high-moisture environments. This means if you’re seeing spots of mold colonies forming along your ceilings, water has entered your roof and has remained there long enough for mold to develop.
Visible Physical Warping
The quality and performance of your commercial flat roof depends on how well it was installed. When your roof is poorly built, the seams can warp, distort, and buckle even under normal conditions. These issues are more easily noticeable on single-ply roofs or built-up roofs (BUR). If you see any physical deformation happening on your membranes, it’s time to call in the professionals.
Lack of Maintenance
Many roofing specialists recommend regular inspections and maintenance to keep your roof in good shape. If it’s been a while since the last time you had a roofer visit, your commercial roofing problems can increase in frequency.
As soon as you see the first signs of trouble on your commercial flat roof, contact our professional roofers at Atrium Roofing. You may reach us at (210) 807-6767. You may also fill out our contact form to schedule a maintenance visit and request a free estimate on commercial roofing services today.