What Is Causing My Commercial Roof To Leak?

What Is Causing My Commercial Roof To Leak?

The last thing anyone wants to deal with is a roof leak on their commercial building. Even the smallest leaks are usually a sign of more extensive damage. Fixing that damage can interfere with work productivity and impact your cash flow because of the added expense. However, you can do a lot to prevent leaks. A good place to start is to learn what causes them to happen in the first place.

Improper Drainage Is The Most Common Culprit

The most vulnerable areas that lead to leaks center around the drainage system on your roof. Drains, gutters, downspouts, and even scuppers get clogged easily by debris and can be damaged in heavy storms with high winds, hail, or ice. The drainage system is essential to protect against leaks because it redirects any water from rains and storms away from your building. When water sits on your rooftop, it can pool and lead to leaks. If you have a leak, the very first place you should investigate is your drainage system.

Be Mindful Of Open Penetrations

Another common area where leaks begin is around open penetrations. Open penetrations are essentially holes in your roof that are necessary for utilities. For example, HVAC units, vents, gas lines, and other pipes require parts of their system to penetrate the roof membrane. These penetrations have to be properly sealed. Otherwise, water will start collecting in them and leaking into your building. 

Damaged Flashing Causes Leaks

Another primary cause of leaks is damaged flashing. Flashing is the strips that are installed around the conjoining seams of the roof. Flashing is installed wherever two or more pieces of roof material is installed. It is also used to trim out certain areas. As flashing ages or if it is improperly installed, it can become damaged. Most commonly flashing will pull away from the roof, leaving the seams exposed. When the seams are exposed, water can easily get into your building and cause a leak.

Damage To The Roof Membrane

The roof membrane is a layer of material that is laid to waterproof the roof. This is often laid under the finished roof depending on your roofing material. If the roof membrane is damaged with tears or punctures, water can seep in your building. Oftentimes, this can be repaired with a simple patch job, but the water damage caused by the leak can be much more extensive. Roof membranes often get damaged during heavy storms where debris is flying around the air and lands on and punctures your roof.

Understanding the root causes of most leaks can help you put together a comprehensive preventative strategy to keep water from getting into your commercial building. At Gulf Tex Roofing and Services we can help you prevent leaks. First, we can professionally install a roof that prevents leaks. Then we offer a regular inspection and maintenance program to catch the early warning signs that a leak is going to build. Then we will manage that risk and repair it so a leak does not form. To learn more, give us a call.