Business owners and building managers will want to know how long a flat, commercial roof lasts because a re-roofing project can be expensive. It is easy to forget to check on a commercial roof because it is out of sight and business owners usually have a long list of tasks on a daily basis. However, a commercial roof is important to inspect regularly so there won’t be any costly surprises if anything goes wrong.
The lifespan of a commercial roof can have a range of 10 to 40 years. Since that is such a wide range, there are many factors that play into how long a commercial roof will last. Issues with the roof that are left lingering can cause other problems around the building like wet spots, mold, and peeling paint. With regular inspections and professional maintenance, a commercial roof can last a long time.
Here are the most common problems that can affect the lifespan of a flat commercial roof.
With a flat roof, water is supposed to run off down a slight slope and off the side. Water puddles happen when there is a low spot. The water will stay until it evaporates and the lingering moisture can cause water to get into the building. Something to look out for is if there is a puddle of water, then you know there is a low spot. Also, rings of sand and debris can signify there is water pooling in that spot.
The most important factor is the installation process. If there are flaws during the installation it can significantly affect the lifespan of a commercial roof. An experienced roofing contractor will make sure there is proper draining so water pooling doesn’t happen. Also, with a great roofing company, it is easy to set up yearly inspections and maintenance.
When the summer temperatures heat up it is important to have good ventilation. A well ventilated attic space underneath the roof will help prevent moisture from building up. If moisture does build up it can cause mold and the wood to rot. Also, when the temperatures rise, hot air rises to the roof, too. If the hot air cannot be ventilated out effectively, it can cause the rest of the building to heat up. Air conditioning costs will rise and the AC units can even be overworked.
Speaking of Florida weather, another factor that can affect the lifespan of a commercial roof is heavy rain and wind. Obvious signs a roof has storm damage are pools of water, visible wear and tear, loose seams around vents, drains, and skylights, or missing roofing. It is a good idea to check on the roof after a major storm and look for holes or material that seems to be pulled away from the roof.
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Commercial roofs can last a long time if issues are found and repaired quickly. A small leak can cause a lot of damage and expensive repairs in a short amount of time. We will work quickly and efficiently to minimize disruptions. Give us a call today for your commercial roof repair, (772)-453-7219.