A well-maintained roof is essential for any structure. On a public property, you want to make sure that those who pass by or work in the facility are as safe as possible. Maintaining the roof will keep the rest of the building in good health such as the ceiling, walls and foundation.
There are a variety problems that can be detrimental to your commercial roof such as pooling, bubbling, loose flashing and more. It is always better to have these fixed right away, rather than having safety and financial burdens later.
Here’s what you should always look out for:
Design Flaws –
Many commercial buildings in Toronto are older than 30 years. Previous building regulations were not like the ones we have in place today. Over the years, the construction industry has evolved and new design specs, safety precautions, etc have been added to the mixture. These are put in place to ensure the structure is well built, safe and has a longer lifespan.
Unfortunately, a lot of these older structures were built with improper roof slopes, insufficient ventilation and drainage, etc which becomes a burden on new property owners. Replacing a commercial roof can be costly, so make sure you hire a professional company who specializes in flat roofing. Professional Roofers will visit the property for free, give you our recommendations and ALWAYS provide you with a warranty.
Pooling Water –
One of the most common issues of a design flaw is pooling water. A flat roof is never 100% flat. There needs to be a slight slope so that rainwater and melted snow can find its way to the drains. Tiny spots of water are fine as it will dry up with the sun. However, huge puddles of sitting water are never good as it will begin to deteriorate your roof.
Gaps in Flashing, Skylights and Vents –
Small gaps around flashing are an easy and inexpensive fix, but only if the repairs are done with urgency. Commercial buildings need to have flashing and other metals periodically checked for separation, erosion and other damages. Once flashing is damaged, a roof leak is inevitable.
These are the best way to maintain the good condition of your flat roof. All roofing types need regular maintenance and a flat roof is no different. By doing so, it will save you time, money and expand your roofs lifespan.