As a property owner or manager, ensuring the integrity of your commercial roof is essential to protecting your investment and maintaining a safe environment for occupants. However, even with regular maintenance, roofing issues can arise over time, potentially leading to costly repairs or replacements if left unaddressed. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the most common commercial roofing problems that property owners should be aware of, brought to you by Universal Roofing and Construction.

  1. Substandard Installation:
    One of the primary causes of roofing problems is substandard installation. Improper installation techniques or the use of inferior materials can compromise the structural integrity of the roof, leading to premature deterioration and susceptibility to damage.
  2. Pooling Water:
    Pooling water on the roof’s surface is a common issue, particularly in flat or low-slope roofing systems. This stagnant water can accelerate roof deterioration, leading to leaks, mold growth, and structural damage if not properly addressed.
  3. Leaks:
    Leaks are perhaps the most obvious sign of roofing problems and can result from a variety of issues, including damaged flashing, punctures, or deteriorated roofing materials. Prompt identification and repair of leaks are crucial to preventing water damage to the interior of the building.
  4. Flashing Issues:
    Flashing, which is used to seal joints and transitions on the roof, is prone to damage and deterioration over time. Improperly installed or damaged flashing can allow water infiltration, leading to leaks and moisture-related issues.
  5. Blow-offs and Tenting:
    High winds and severe weather events can cause roofing materials to become dislodged or uplifted, resulting in blow-offs or tenting. This not only compromises the roof’s waterproofing capabilities but also poses a safety risk to occupants and neighboring properties.
  6. Surface Erosion:
    Surface erosion, often caused by exposure to UV rays, weathering, and foot traffic, can weaken the protective layer of roofing materials, leaving the roof vulnerable to damage from the elements.
  7. Punctures:
    Punctures in the roofing membrane can occur due to various factors, including foot traffic, falling debris, or the use of sharp objects during maintenance activities. These punctures can compromise the roof’s waterproofing abilities and lead to leaks if left untreated.
  8. Shrinkage:
    Roofing materials such as single-ply membranes are susceptible to shrinkage over time, particularly in areas with fluctuating temperatures. Shrinkage can cause seams to pull apart, leading to leaks and other moisture-related issues.
Regular roof inspections by qualified professionals are essential for identifying and addressing these common roofing problems before they escalate into more significant issues. With Universal Roofing and Construction’s expertise and commitment to quality, property owners can rest assured that their commercial roofs are in capable hands. Don’t wait until it’s too late – schedule a roof inspection today and protect your investment for years to come.