The Problems Water Intrusion From a Commercial Roof Can Cause
If you fail to properly maintain your commercial roof, water may be able to work its way through the roof. It is recommended that you have your commercial roof inspected once every 6 to 12 months to ensure problems are repaired before these problems occur. However, many building owners do not realize the danger associated with water intrusion, and as such, do not maintain their roof as frequently as they should. Here are a few of the problems that water intrusion from a commercial roof can cause.
Interior Structure Damage
When water seeps through your commercial roof, one of the problems that can occur is interior structural damage. When water seeps through your roof, it has to go somewhere. Often it seeps on to your wooden beams, insulation and electrical wires. This can cause dry rot, damage to the insulation and rust on your electrical wires.
Equipment and Inventory Damage
In your commercial building, you likely store many items for your business. This may include equipment, such as computers or point of sale system and your inventory. If water from a roof seeps in, these items can be damaged or destroyed. If they are damaged due to improper repair, your insurance policy likely will not cover them.
Mold and Mildew Growth
Anytime water is present in a building, the risk of mold and mildew growth increases exponentially. Mold and mildew can be harmful to both your building and those who work in there. And removing mold and mildew can be costly. It is best to prevent water from entering and minimizing this risk as much as possible.
Potential Fire Hazard
When you think of fire hazards, you likely don’t envision moisture problems causing a fire hazard. But when it comes to commercial roofing, moisture problems can lead to a potential fire hazard. Moisture problems allow water to damage your electrical wires. This can cause your fire alarms not to work properly or damage the wires to such a point that they can cause a fire.
The last problem that water intrusion from your commercial roof can cause is energy loss. When water seeps through your roof, cracks in the roof are created and widened. This allows the heated or cooled air in your building to escape, leading to energy loss. In turn, your heating and cooling expenses increase, because your air conditioner or heater has to work longer and harder to account for this loss.
Properly repairing your roof helps to prevent many of the moisture-related problems that are noted above. If it has been over a year since your last roof inspection, or your roof is beginning to show signs of excessive wear, now is the perfect time to schedule a roof inspection. Whether you need a roof inspection, roof repair or a completely new roof, Rosie’s Roofing & Restoration is here for you. Give us a call now to get started.