If you manage or own commercial property, you know the importance of keeping each aspect of the building in good condition. This includes paying close attention to the roof and knowing when it is time to call a professional for maintenance or repairs. Here are some signs to keep an eye out for.
Signs of a Roof Leak
One of the main signs that you might notice with your roof is when you have a leak inside your building. This might seem obvious, but leaks don't always present themselves with running water that requires a bucket to collect it. Some leaks are much more subtle and instead simply show areas inside the building where it seems as if moisture is starting to collect. You might notice that if you look up at the ceiling from inside the top floor of the building, there is an area of the ceiling that is a little darker than the rest. This is usually moisture buildup from a leak. You might also notice peeling paint or water damage on the walls or flooring that indicate a leak.
You See Blisters on the Asphalt
If your commercial building has a flat asphalt roof, then you might notice what is called blistering. Depending on the type of building, you may actually see this from the ground, but in most cases, you need to head up to the roof to investigate it further. Blistering is the result of the asphalt heating up too much, which might have to do with the attic insulation, improper ventilation of the roof, or improper installation of underlayment roofing materials. Either way, if you see and blistering or splitting of the roof materials, it is time to call a professional.
Your Energy Bills Are Increasing
Whenever your energy bills increase for seemingly no other reason, it is time to look around the building at the potential reason. The roof is one of many reasons your energy bill might be increasing, so it is worth having inspected. This might be due to the roofing material losing its reflectivity, not having good attic insulation so that the HVAC system is working too hard to heat up the building, or major cracks in the roof also causing the same issue.
You should also keep an eye out for damage of certain types of materials, such as missing asphalt shingles or rusting of your metal roofing panels.Share