With hurricane season winding down, most of the year’s big storms have come and gone. Now is the best time to inspect your commercial roof for signs of storm damage if you haven’t already. Maintaining your roof is essential to preventing leaks and more extensive damage, so follow these tips on how to spot commercial roof damage.
Look For Water
No matter what kind of roof you have, water is the greatest threat to its integrity. This is especially important if you have a flat membrane roof, as these are the most prone to water damage. Look for signs of ponding, or standing water, that has not drained off your roof (choose a day when it hasn’t rained in two or three days). You should also watch out for blistering or bubbles of water trapped beneath the membrane.
If you have a metal roof, watch for rust or rusty streaks on your roof. Look for the source of the problem if you see this. For shingle roofs, look and feel for soggy or warped spots on your roof. You should also inspect the inside of your building for signs of leaks, wet insulation, stained or sagging ceiling panels, and more. If you find a leak, call a professional commercial roofer right away.
Signs Of Hail Damage
Hail damage looks different depending on what type of roofing material you have. On an asphalt shingle roof, you may see cracked or punctured shingles, shiny spots, or bald spots where the granules have worn away. Dents and dings in metal roofs and tears in membrane roofing materials can also indicate hail damage. However, sometimes it is easier to spot hail damage somewhere beside your roof, such as the gutters, HVAC units, and other areas. Call a professional roofing contractor for a roofing inspection is you suspect you have hail damage.
Clean Away Debris
If you have any leaves or other debris on your roof, clear it away as soon as possible. This will help prevent moisture from getting trapped against your roof, and you’ll get a closer look. If high winds or debris have damaged your roof, it’s best to contact your local roofing company for a thorough inspection. And don’t forget to take pictures of any damage for the insurance company!
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