Depending on the material used for your flat roof, with regular maintenance they can last up to 30 years. However, in order to get the full life span out of your commercial roof, you need to be aware of the signs of damage. Recognizing the signs can help you understand when you need to have your roof repaired so that it functions properly and lasts a long time. Here are four signs that your flat roof may need to be repaired:
Leaks are a definitive sign that your roof needs to be repaired. Leaks are most often caused by damage to the roof of the building. If they are not repaired immediately, they can cause significant structural damage if not taken care of quickly. If you notice any signs of leakage like wet or brown spots on your ceiling, you should call a professional roofer out for an inspection. They’ll identify the source of the leak, evaluate the full extent of the damage, and come up with a plan for remediation.
The Presence Of Mold Or Mildew
Mold and mildew are fungi that only grow in moist conditions. Oftentimes, the excess moisture is the result of roofing issues. Mold and mildew can appear all over your building including on your walls and floors. If you notice mold and mildew, you need to have a mold remediation specialist inspect your property to avoid any health risks. You should also talk to your roofing contractor to see if the mold and mildew are a product of a damaged roof.
Sagging Or Pooling
Sagging roofs are essentially a large divot in the roof material. Sagging is often coupled with pooling because the water will collect and sit in the divot. Sagging and pooling are the result of moisture accumulation over time degrading the roofing material. Sagging is both a structural risk and a product of issues in the drainage system. If you notice sagging, it is critical that you contact a professional roofer. Sagging and pooling needs to be repaired immediately or it can risk the safety of your building.
Flashing are strips of metal that are used to protect the seams of roofing material. There are a large variety of types of flashing that guard along flat seams, angle seams, and seams on the roof edge. Overtime flashing can get damaged by hail, rain, and wind. This can lead to peeling which exposes the seams. When the seams are exposed, water can get in. If you notice any peeling flashing, make sure to contact your roofing professional for repair.
All of these signs are symptoms of damage and need to be repaired immediately to protect your building and extend the life of your roof. If you notice any of these signs, call the commercial roofing experts at Gulf Tex Roofing and Services. Our team of experienced roofers can inspect your roof, find any issues, and repair them quickly and effectively.