Spotting Roof Trouble Early

Spotting Roof Trouble Early

3 Consequences Of Delaying Flat Roofing Repairs

by William Gerard

Do you have water ponding issues on your commercial flat roof? Standing water on a flat roof is not normal contrary to what most people think. The roof is designed to direct the water to nearby gutters and drains. Therefore, if you notice that your flat roof holds water for more than a few days, your roof needs repairs. Hence, you need to hire a licensed roof repair contractor to fix the damage. Otherwise, you might end up dealing with these three consequences discussed below.

1. Ice Damage

Is your business located in snowy areas? If so, ensure that your roof has proper drainages for rain and snow melt. Otherwise, ponding on your roof could have devastating effects during winter since the snow will stack on your roof. As the ice thaws and refreezes, it expands and contracts, causing cracks and breakage on the roofing materials. That will cause visible damage to your roof, which can be costly to fix. You can avoid dealing with such issues by hiring professionals to fix the ponding problem before the snow starts falling.

2. Water Damage

Most business owners do not think much about water standing on their flat roofs. They fail to understand that water is heavy and adds weight to your roof structure. Thus, this water will cause the roof to develop cracks or sag over time, depending on the materials. The sagging of the roof will lead to deeper depressions that will hold more water. Over time water will start seeping into your building and cause mold and mildew growth issues. When this happens, you will have two problems: the ponding issue and the mold infestation. Do not wait for the situation to worsen. Instead, consider seeking roofing repairs to fix the ponding issue you have on your roof.

3. Pest Infestation

Insects are attracted to areas with high moisture levels since they need water to survive. So, if you have water ponding on your roof, there is a high chance that it will be a breeding ground for mosquitos, cockroaches, earwigs, beetles, silverfish, ants, and pill bugs. An infestation of such insects in your business causes health hazards to your employees and clients. In addition, insects can cause property and inventory damage. So, rather than wait and deal with such complications, seek roof services as soon as you notice ponding water on your roof. 

Business owners have a lot on their plate, so they often overlook issues like ponding on their flat roofs. But ignoring this could lead to problems like ice water damage, property damage, and pest infestation. Luckily, you can prevent such issues by seeking timely roofing repair services.

Contact a roofing repair contractor to learn more.


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Spotting Roof Trouble Early

Do you know how to tell if you have problems with your flashing, loose shingles, or damaged tar pitch? Well, I didn't either until I experienced some of those issues on my own. One day, I realized that my roof was leaking and that I needed to find a solution fast. After contacting a professional roofing company, they were able to solve my troubles and teach me the signs of trouble. I want you to avoid the same types of hassles, which is why my blog is filled to the brim with information about roofing and home ownership. You never know, these tips could really come in handy!