The average cost for a roof replacement is $8,000. Luckily, there's a way to avoid having to pay this sizable sum - by inspecting your roof frequently for any small damages. Then, you can have these repaired before they become any worse. However, you may not know the common signs of roof damage. We have compiled a list of the five most common signs of commercial roof damage for you to read and learn about:
1. Water Inside the Building
A leaking ceiling is an obvious sign that your commercial roof is damaged. However, you should also look for less obvious signs like water spots on the ceiling or walls. Water dripping down through your roof can cause mold to grow in your building. A musty smell can also indicate possible commercial roof damage.
2. Ponding Water
It's fine if you have some water accumulation on your roof especially after heavy rainfall. However, your roof should be able to drain all the water after 2 to 3 days. If this doesn't happen, it's highly likely that your roof has sustained some damage.
If your roof can't support all of its own weight or the weight of debris on top, it will sag. You might notice this sagging in the roof itself or in your ceiling. A roof and/or ceiling in this position is in extreme danger of collapsing. If this happens, the best-case scenario is that you'll only need to replace the roof. But, in the worst-case scenario, your workers could get seriously injured and important equipment could be damaged. If your commercial roof is sagging, don’t wait to contact a commercial roof Ottawa contractor to inspect your roof as soon as possible.
4. Membrane Issues
Cracks in your roof are the most obvious damage you can look for during a roof inspection. However, there are some other damages you may not have considered. Your roof should have a protective membrane. If that is ripped in any place, water can get through and damage your building. The membrane might also have come loose and started waving in the wind. You may also see bumps in your membrane. This means that your fasteners that keep the membrane down have become loose. Roof membrane issues are a good reason to contact and hire a roofing company.
5. Higher Energy Bills
This is one of the lesser obvious reasons of the bunch. Most roofs do an excellent job of keeping the temperature inside your building at a happy medium. If you notice that you feel uncomfortable inside your commercial building, consider getting a roof inspection. Another thing you can look closely at is your energy bill. If it's higher than normal, it is highly likely your HVAC system is compensating for a hole in your roof.
Repair Your Roof Damage With Us
You don't have to follow strict guidelines for your roof inspections. The best idea is to check for any of these damages weekly. Put it on your schedule and add it to your routine. When you notice any signs of roof damage, contact us. Our family has been in the roofing business for over four generations. We're guaranteed to have the expertise that your commercial roof needs.