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The roofs on business buildings are there to protect the assets of the company as well as all the people that work there. The roofs are exposed to the elements on the inside and unforeseen problems on the inside. Roofs have endured a lot of strain which leaves them open to experiencing a variety of different problems. Longhorn Commercial Roofing would like to share 5 of the most common problems that their technicians face and the possible solutions that they will implement. It is best to leave these problems to professionals. This information should be used to understand the problem and solution better so that you can have peace of mind regarding the repairs. Here are 5 of the most common problems.
1. Problems with the HVAC system
Businesses require large HVAC systems to cool down their building. Many heavy components of the system are placed on the business’s roof. This keeps them out of the way but it could have some serious negative effects on the roof and interior space. If there are leaks in the HVAC system then it could compromise the integrity of the roofing below the units. The defective roof is weakened and might give way under the mass of the heavy air conditioning units. This can cause serious and expensive damages. If these commercial roofing problems go unnoticed then it could make a dent in your budget. To stop these problems from occurring, regular maintenance is required. It is recommended that the roof of your business is inspected and maintained at least twice a year. This will greatly minimize the risk of damages. You should not attempt to do the inspection yourself as you are not trained to identify the problems much less know how to fix them.
2. Inadequate waterproofing
One of the main functions of a roof is to keep water from entering the business and damaging business assets. The waterproofing material on a roof is roof flashings and they are made from materials like rubber, plastic, rust-resistant copper, aluminum, and galvanized steel. These flashing are placed on intersections of your roof as well as the ending points because flashing covers the gap and prevents water from entering. It is easy to spot the flashings when you look at vent pipes, roof ridges, or skylights. These flashing are often damaged by the weather and if you notice that flashing is damaged or missing then you should call a professional commercial roofing service provider. They will inspect the roof and replace all the flashings to make sure that your building is waterproof.
3. Leaky Roofs
Commercial roofs are not immune to leaks. In fact, they happen quite often. They are caused by things like bad weather conditions, HVAC unit problems, and a variety of other things. Anything that weakens your roof like broken shingles or cracked tiles can cause water to seep in. You should look for leaks in the following areas: At skylights, near gutters, in low spots or valleys, under damaged shingles, near the chimney. It can be time-consuming to check all these problem areas regularly. You should hire a professional like Longhorn Commercial Roofing in Dallas, TX to inspect and maintain your roof so that you will not be preoccupied with the leaks in your roof but rather how to improve your business. Leaks should be repaired as soon as possible to avoid further damages.
4. Accumulating water
It is common for commercial roofs to be flat and if they have not been installed correctly then the surface could be uneven. These dents or slopes in the roofing can cause rainwater to pool on the roof. The longer the water is on the roof the more damage it will cause. This means that the building does not have an effective drainage system. This could be due to an uneven roof or somethings there are blockages in the draining system which will cause the water to build up. You should hire a professional to resolve this problem. Roofing specialists will often taper the surface of the roof so that the surface is even and the water can drain away effectively. They will also inspect the drains to make sure that there are no clogs to remove.
4. Expansion of the roof
It is a fundamental scientific principle that atoms expand when they are heated and shrink when they are cooled. The roof and all its protective materials are made from atoms which means they will expand and shrink as the temperature changes. The effects become less desirable when the temperature changes rapidly. The commercial roofing will deteriorate and cracks will appear due to temperature changes. Metal flashings can also be damaged. The material that will be affected the most by the changing temperatures is synthetic rubber coverings because it expands and shrinks very easily. It is best to consult the commercial roofing contractor on the preventive maintenance that you should take in order to minimize this problem. This will prevent your business from losing money because it had to be closed to resolve commercial roofing problem.
Problems like these are common but it takes an experienced and trained professional to resolve them. Roofing service providers know all the options but they have the wisdom to advise you on which solution would be the best for your situation. They also have been trained to carry out repairs correctly so that there are no future problems. Longhorn Commercial Roofing in Dallas, TX would be able to resolve all these problems in an appropriate period of time. Their wide range of services will ensure that your roofs are in tip-top condition.
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