Choosing A New Roof

Signs You May Need A Totally New Flat Roof

Flat roofs are aesthetically pleasing and often have various advantages over other roofs. However, like other roof types, they have their shortcomings. Damage can occur on their surface due to various reasons. While you can alleviate some damage beforehand, some issues can be irreparable. A replacement may be the ultimate solution when this occurs to avoid corrupting the sturdiness of the commercial building. You will need an expert to do the replacement in case of the following signs. 

Leaking

Leaking is a prevalent sign of a damaged roof, and these structures face extensive damage as the rainwater doesn't have anywhere to flow but down. The leaks result in moisture buildup, leading to fungus and mold growth. Regular maintenance is appropriate to trace and repair the leaks early enough. If the leaking roof is too damaged, you must replace it.

Large Tears 

Any roofing will often involve the joining of the roofing materials. And so the seams are susceptible to rips and tears, which may cause further damage to the rest of the roof. When you notice a tear on the seams or any part of the roofing material, it would be helpful to mitigate the issue immediately. An inspection is appropriate to help determine the course of action. You can repair the tear if it is minor. However, if the tears are large, then replacement must take place.  

Water Pooling

Although flat roofs can overcome water issues, there are instances where yours may shift and fail to level. Lack of leveling will eventually lead to water accumulating in different spots for more than a day. If not attended to, the pools will eventually seep through the surface and, in turn, shorten the lifespan of your roof. Early repair may involve draining the water as soon as it forms. You may need complete replacement in case the pooling causes irreparable damage. 

Top Coat Damage

Top coats on roofing materials are essential as they protect the roofs from exposure and eventual damage. Extreme weather conditions are notorious for roof damage. The quality will deteriorate when the top coat wears off and exposes the roofing materials' inner surface. The roof may ultimately fail and need a replacement.

Organic Growth

Algae, lichens, and other organic vegetation grow in wet areas. Therefore, such growth on your roof may indicate that there may be water retention in certain areas. Any presence of extensive growth should trigger a professional inspection and replacement.

It is evident from the above that early mitigation always helps to solve minor damage that may occur on commercial flat roofs. It is, however, vital to know when to let go and replace the roof.

Contact a roofer for more information about commercial flat roofing