You never want to find a leak in your roof. Even if you maintain your roof regularly, harsh weather can get to any roof over the years. Finding a puddle on the floor can be a sign of something much worse.
At Leafield Projects, we’ve seen this countless times over the years. But if you’re prepared to maintain the leak, you’ll prevent further damage and save your business from any potential downtime.
A contractor will take into account where water will drain down when installing a roof. There will be multiple points where the roof is vulnerable when it comes to draining away water: drains, gutters and downspouts All these will need regular cleaning out to make sure water can flow safely from the roof.
If water is not draining as it should, standing or ponding water will be left in the gutter.
Roof penetrations are found on most commercial roof structures. Penetrations are HVAC units, vents and piping: anything that comes through the roof structure. These are potentially vulnerable areas for leaks that need sealing properly during installation.
Roof flashings are installed around conjoining parts of the roof. They’re found in chimneys, ridge lines, skylights, roof edges or exterior walls. If not installed properly, or if wear and tear happens by weather, water can potentially escape into the roof.
Membrane is a type of waterproof layer applied to some roofs. If the membrane is damaged from weather, foot traffic, mechanical damage or other numerous reasons, water can be allowed to leak through the membrane and saturate the underlying insulation.
Typically, a commercial roof lasts 20 to 25 years: this can vary depending on the type of roof or location. Regular maintenance can extend the lifespan of your roof, but after a certain number of years it will need replacing.
If you suddenly walk into a puddle or find water dripping on your head, one of the first things you’ll think about, after safety, is are you going to face a potentially costly roof project?
Here’s a simple action plan should you ever find yourself in that situation:
When you see water flowing into your building, clear the area of any people, equipment and supplies to reduce damage.
Make sure you mark where your leak is located. This is important for when you talk to your roofing contractors and insurance company.
Hopefully, your leak is only limited to one area, but there might be other leaks in your building: water has a habit of finding the smallest gaps. Look around your building for more problem areas.
After the situation is under control… you need to get that leak fixed! Find roofing contractors and have them assess your roof and provide a project quote.
If your building has received internal or external damage, make sure you let your insurance company know.
Look back over your current roofing system warranty. Your roof may be under warranty from the contractor or manufacturer, and it may be covered depending on what the damage is from.
It’s important to control a commercial roof leak swiftly to avoid any potential higher costs or business downtime. Even the smallest leak can quickly grow to become a serious problem. If you’re in this situation, please contact us to discuss your options.Next: Hiring an industrial roofing contractor - What to know Back to News & Blog