Timely repairs can save you from much bigger roofing problems, which is why, in addition to a scheduled maintenance routine, you should keep an eye on signs of roofing trouble. In this blog, the roofers at Rainier Roofing LLC share some of the signs that indicate you need to have your roof serviced.
If you notice one or more signs of a roofing problem, you should take immediate action by calling your commercial roofing contractor. The following signs indicate that your roofing problem has penetrated the outer roofing layers.
- Water Stains on the Walls and Ceiling — Water stains are especially noticeable on white ceiling tiles, and if they appear to be growing, you likely have an active leak. Roof leaks rarely flow straight down, and often the source is hard to trace. The “leak” may also be caused by faulty plumbing or HVAC condensate lines. Either way, the roof needs to be inspected by a roofing professional.
- Mold and Mildew — A leaky roof can supply the moisture needed by mold and mildew to grow. If you or your tenants notice mold—not necessarily by eye as it has a distinctive smell—call your commercial roofing company as soon as possible. The presence of mold may trigger respiratory problems and allergies.
- Visible Leaks — It takes a lot for a commercial roof to develop leaks that penetrate the indoor space, which, again are clear signs that you need to call for roofing service.
You should perform scheduled roofing inspections at least twice a year, and another after every storm. If you find one or more of the following, call for roof service.
- Seam Gaps and Visible Holes — If you have single-ply roofing like TPO or EPDM, the top layer needs to be one unbroken layer of material. Gaps in the seams and holes on the top layer will allow rainwater to leak into the roof substrate.
- Material Warping or Bubbling — If installed correctly, your flat roof should be as flat as possible. Warping and bubbling indicate installation errors that need to be corrected.
- Missing or Damaged Flashing — Flashing protects seams and transitions on your roof., including the parts where vent pipes and HVAC systems penetrate the roof. Flashing that’s missing or damaged will need to be replaced by a professional.