If you own or help manage multi-family residential, multi-use and/or condo properties, it’s imperative to schedule regular roof inspections to protect your investments. By detecting a roofing problem early through preventive maintenance, your cost of a potential commercial roof repair will be substantially less than a roofing replacement.
Roofing troubles can, however, be quite difficult to detect. This is especially true for multi-family residential properties with different roof types, designs and slopes. By the time you notice a problem, such as a water leak, there could be other underlying systems suffering damage as well. Read on to learn some of the telltale signs of when you may need a commercial roof repair.
Telltale Signs You Need a Commercial Roof Repair
One of the most obvious signs of commercial roofing troubles is an interior water leak. Water leaks can stain ceilings, walls and flooring. Also, water often lends to mold and mildew development, can damage insulation and cause extensive damage to drywall, paint, and wallpaper.
Other common telltale signs you may need a commercial roof repair may only be detectable from a higher vantage point — on your roof. For safety reasons, only allow roofing professionals to inspect your commercial roofs. Following are some of the more common signs your roofing professional looks for:
- Bubbles: Raised portions on commercial roofs indicate trapped moisture, which make roofing materials more susceptible to wind damage.
- Flashing: Faulty installation and weather are common causes of damaged flashing, which allows water to seep into your property.
- Shingles: Missing or torn shingles should be repaired immediately. If you notice granules in the gutter system, your shingle roof may need to be replaced.
- Ponding: Water accumulation on your roof lends to early deterioration.
Roof Repair Vs. Roof Replacement
If a substantial commercial roof repair is needed, ask your contractor for a cost analysis of repairing vs. roof replacement. If your roof is in generally good condition except for requiring common repairs, it’s probably in your best financial interest to opt for repairing. On the other hand, you may also reduce long-term operation costs through energy savings and fewer repairs with a new warrantied roof.
To help you make the best decisions regarding commercial roof repair or roof replacement, contact the experts at Adams Roofing Professionals for an appointment. Since 1978, our third-generation company has built its stellar reputation by putting our Chicagoland commercial and residential customers’ best interests first!