A commercial roof collapse is one of the most devastating things that can occur to your roofing system and your property as a whole. When your commercial roof collapses, not only will it pose a physical risk to anyone in the building, but your technology, inventory, sensitive information, and anything else kept in your property will be placed at immediate risk as well. Your roof is what keeps your property safe from the elements, and a roofing collapse leaves your building completely open, vulnerable, and ultimately unsafe.
Regular roofing inspections are the best way to make sure your commercial roofing system isn’t at risk of collapse. During these inspections, a roofing professional will oversee all aspects of your roof, and they’ll let you know long before collapse becomes a concern that it’s time for a new roofing system installation as a whole. Unless due to an extreme ice storm, fallen limb, or other rare catastrophic accident, a roof that is regularly inspected is a roof that is kept safe and sound.
Know The Signs
There some signs you can look for that might be pointing to a complete roofing system failure or collapse. A few of these signs include:
- Your sprinkler heads begin bulging downward – Most commercial properties have sprinkler systems to ensure fires can be put out quickly if they occur within the building. Taking a close look at your sprinkler heads can tell you a great deal about the health of your roof. If you notice your sprinkler heads bulging downward and placing stress on their housings, it could be a sign that pressure is building up behind the sprinklers due to a collapsing roof.
- Your supports are starting to sag – This may not be easy to see in all commercial buildings, but if you do spot your supports beginning to sag this is a major red flag. Even if your supports are made from strong steel or wood, they can only take so much weight and placing them under too much stress will cause the supports to droop or sag under the pressure.
- Warped door frames – Doors should close easily, remain closed, and open easily when it’s time they’re opened. If your doors suddenly fail to close or open, this could be due to a warped doorframe and warped doorframes could be pointing to a roof on the brink of collapse. Pressure on the roof or ceiling can cause immense pressure on door or window frames, leading these frames to warp over time as the pressure grows greater.
Save Your Commercial Roof From The Worst
You may not be able to avoid a commercial roofing replacement after a number of years, but you can avoid a roofing system collapse in many cases. With professional inspections, regular repairs, and great care taken of your roof, your structure will remain safe and secure throughout the years. If you’re interested in learning more about roofing system inspections, repairs, or how to keep your commercial roofing system safe, contact us at Gulf Tex Roofing and Services today.