Leaky Commercial Roofs: The Horrifying Facts

Nobody wants to ever imagine their roof as something scary, but the world is rife with uncertainty and surprises. With the weather cooling down and winter weather patterns moving in, there’s no reason not to be prepared for the worst. This is especially true with businesses since we all want to keep ourselves, our peers, and our guests safe. 

While they might start small, a leaking roof is never a good sign. Over time, they can turn into something far more terrifying – both for your business and your wallet. Today, we’re going to go over a couple of issues that you should keep your eyes on. After all, we don’t want anyone’s roof to become another industry horror story…

The Three Most Frightening Roofing Scenarios

  • Moisture in the Roofing Membrane

When moisture builds up in the roofing membrane, it’s extremely easy to overlook. Typically, it presents as a small problem, but don’t be fooled. If left unfixed, this particular area can be extremely costly and dangerous. With water steadily leaking, over time the wood and metal that holds your roof up can soften and rust. When this happens, the roof is in extreme danger of collapse.

  • Leaks that reach the Insulation

Outside of the obvious risk of mildew and mold growth, a leak near the building’s insulation can add a substantial amount of weight to the structure. When this occurs, this begins putting a lot of extra pressure onto the walls, the ceiling, and the floors. When it gets over saturated on the top level, the once small leak can cause the ceiling to bow or collapse.

  • Leaks that cause Mold and Mildew Growth

Mold and mildew, as we all know, prefer dark, damp environments. Given the right environment, the potential for growth is massive. If you see any signs (at any point) of growth, it’s a pretty clear cut sign that there’s likely a leak somewhere in the structure. Going along with this, it’s important to be aware that you could be legally liable for any claims related to the myriad of health issues that can be caused by inhaling the spores of mold.

When moisture is allowed into your establishment, there’s a whole lot of damage that can come from it. Whether it’s the wood beams rotting and crumbling, a colony of mold that makes home in the ceiling or walls, or the insulation weighing the frame down and causing your building to collapse, moisture build-up is a universally unfortunate and unwelcome scenario.

As the owner of a business, you are consistently at risk with water leaks causing injuries or causing damage to the equipment and miscellaneous contents, so it’s imperative that you remain vigilant. If you see any evidence of a leak, there’s never a good reason to put off the phone call until another day.

If you’re concerned about a potential leak or want to avoid them altogether, contact us today. We’ll help you keep that roof over your head.

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