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March 08, 2018

Does My Commercial Roof Need Repair: Look for These Warning Signs

The recent east coast nor'easter dumped heavy snow and engulfed the region with high winds, causing property damage and knocking out electricity to tens of thousands of homes and businesses.

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One of the leading types of damage endured was roofing damage, and while it's somewhat easy to detect such damage on residential properties, the same cannot be said for larger, commercial entities. With that being said, the recent weather events serve as a good reminder to commercial business owners and property managers regarding some of the signs to look for that may indicate roofing damage. Here's a look: 

Common Signs of Commercial Roof Damage

There are more obvious things to watch for, like assessing whether exterior gutters are draining properly or keeping an eye out for leaks within the interior. But there are some other key indicators to look for too, such as:

• Musky smells: If certain areas of the building smell musky, and there's no explanation for the scent, it could be a sign of hidden mold growth. While mold growth can be explained by several factors, a leaking roof is certainly one of them.

• Sagging ceilings: If your commercial building has ceiling tiles, pay attention to them for signs of damage - especially after a storm or heavy rain. If they're sagging, that could be an indicator that they're being pressed down by water. Also be on the watch for any signs of staining or discoloration with the ceiling tiles, another indication of water dripping onto them.

• Blistering: If you have roof access, head on up to it after the storm has subsided and check things out for yourself. There, you'll be able to better determine if the roof is draining properly or if standing water is causing a problem. Another thing to look for is any blistering or bubbling on the roof's surface. This typically indicates water that has gotten trapped underneath the surface of the roof, which can lead to mold growth and other issues. 

Much of the country is certainly no stranger to winter weather - and it's important to know that winter weather can take its toll on a roof just as much as summer weather. It's why it's important to make roof maintenance a year-round priority, especially when dealing with commercial properties. Failure to do so may result in business interruption, which can certainly impact your company's bottom line. 

Article by Royalty / Wind, Snow, Weather, Commercial