Most property owners, especially business owners, worry about the visible, physical damage that puts a roof at risk when it comes to roofing. For example, every year, there is always a risk of severe storms during the season. That carries a genuine threat of hail damage that can dent and damage the smooth protective surface of a roof.
This type of damage not only compromises the roof’s protective ability but can also be unsightly and impinge on a business’ image if visitors and passersby can see it from the ground. However, there’s another, bigger risk to a commercial roof that must always be considered, and that is water damage. Here are three reasons why.
It’s The Slow Threat
A falling branch or a dented roof due to hail is very obvious. People can take one look at a roof and immediately see the damage and surmise what caused it. With that kind of apparent damage, it’s easy to go straight to where the problem area is and conduct repairs.
Water damage, however, isn’t always this obvious. Water can penetrate a roof and dry out on the surface, so the penetration itself isn’t immediately visible. That water, getting into insulation, wood, or other materials, can remain moist. This can happen for months or even years without detection if there’s no careful inspection, resulting in significant repairs down the road if structural integrity has been compromised.
It’s A Health Risk
Water doesn’t just do physical damage; it can play a role in creating medical threats. Mold, for example, reproduces by sending spores into the air. Certain types of mold spore, if breathed in regularly, can eventually cause illnesses. Black mold, for example, can cause respiratory diseases, as well as a host of neuromuscular symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, memory loss, inability to concentrate, and even impairing reflexes, making simple acts like walking or manipulating a spoon challenging to complete without assistance.
Unfortunately, all that certain types of mold need to reproduce is a dark area with moisture. A crawlspace, attic, or other space just under a roof can often be the perfect breeding ground. Once water gets in, if no one inspects the area, mold can reproduce unchecked, regularly sending spores into the air that management and employees breathe in each workday.
It Can Damage Your Building
Finally, water does also pose a physical threat to a building. Water damage can stain ceiling plaster or drywall, while the water itself can, with time, weaken structures. Water can crack concrete or even foundations if it is given enough time to soak in. And for a flat commercial roof, water can eventually erode the protective layers themselves if it’s not correctly managed and drained away.
It’s for these reasons that regular inspection is essential, especially when it comes to water management. A flat commercial roof doesn’t naturally rid itself of water the way a sloped roof does through gravity. Drainage clearance and management are crucial.
This is where we can help. Contact Gulf Tex Roofing & Services. We can inspect your roof and conduct the maintenance you need to keep it clear and working.