Commercial roofs have special maintenance issues

Last month, we discussed a few common commercial roofing issues that can cause problems for building owners if left unattended. Today we’ll talk about a few more commercial roofing issues that property owners should keep an eye out for. As with anything on a commercial structure, the sooner problems are identified and remedied, the better. That goes for the roof, as well. Commercial roof repair in Kansas City is just a phone call away at Shamrock Roofing and Construction.

Ponding Water

Standing water on a commercial roof is a sign that there’s an issue with the drainage system. Water should flow on a flat roof to the lowest spot, where the drainage system carries the water off the roof and away from the building’s foundation. When the drainage system clogs up – whether it’s a malfunction of some kind or debris that has piled up in the drain – water backs up onto the roof and stands in puddles. This is called ponding, and it’s bad for a couple of reasons.

If the drain is clogged, ponding water continues to look for a place to drain. If it can’t use the drain, it’ll go elsewhere. This is when trouble starts. The water will find tiny cracks, fissures, and vents in the ceiling and will drain there instead. This allows moisture into the roof in places where it’s not supposed to be. Excess moisture can result in mold, mildew, and other issues that can be costly and time-consuming to repair.

If water can’t find a place to drain, it’ll just stand around. The presence of standing water erodes joints and seals, eventually causing additional damage to the roof. If you notice ponding water, call a commercial roofer as soon as possible to inspect and remedy the situation.

Surface Erosion

Most commercial roofs are flat, and this means they’re subject to a lot of wear and tear from Mother Nature. Surface erosion on a flat roof is not uncommon. Any signs of splitting, blistering, and ridging of roofing materials should be addressed as soon as possible. Different commercial roofing materials show signs of wear in different ways, so it’s critical to have a commercial roofer come out and perform regular inspections to catch any issues early on.

Metal Roofs Have Their Own Issues

Metal roofing on Kansas City buildings may be subject to surface rust. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the roof has been compromised, but if left unattended, rust may start peeling and damage the surface integrity of the roof. Metal roofing on Kansas City properties may also be subject to punctures or deflection caused by foot traffic. A commercial roofer can advise you on the proper way to maintain a metal roof.

Shamrock Roofing is Your Commercial Roofing Contractor

Shamrock Roofing and Construction specializes in maintenance and commercial roof repair in Kansas City. We’ve been in the business for over 40 years and are ready to put our expertise to work for you. We’ll perform a commercial roof inspection, help you lay out a plan for regular roof maintenance, and take care of any repair work that’s needed on the property. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or for more information.