What You Need to Know About Commercial Flat Roof Repair
Commercial flat roof repair is an expense many property owners, business owners, and building managers wish to avoid. However, with regular maintenance and expert roofing support, your commercial building’s roofing system can last for many years. This blog post discusses the steps involved in making minor flat roof repairs and can help you decide when it is time to call a professional roofing company.
Here at Unlimited Commercial Roofing, we always recommend scheduling a free on-site roof inspection with one of our experts if you notice any ongoing issues. Our experts can discuss the best roofing options—including restoration, repairs, and roof membrane coatings—that are cost-effective and efficient.
So, is it Time to Call a Professional Roofer?
Knowing when it is time for commercial flat roof repair may be obvious—such as discovering a significant leak. However, damage from roofing problems may not be apparent at all if it is internal or structural in nature. If you visually inspect your roof and see any leaks or significant damage from a storm, it is time to call a professional roofer.
You also have to factor in the type of commercial building and flat roofing system currently in place. Since flat roofing systems include asphalt roofing, single-ply membranes, metal roofing, and polyurethane spray foam materials, the types of flat roof repair your building needs will vary between systems.
If you do not see any signs of significant damage, you may be able to handle commercial flat roof repairs in-house.
How to Begin Your Commercial Flat Roof Repair
Some flat roof repairs are simple, and therefore, you can handle them on your own. These four steps will outline how to inspect your roof, look for problem areas, repair any minor damage, and how to protect your commercial roofing system.
Step 1: Get To Know Your Roof
We recommend doing a roof inspection yourself twice a year. This self-inspection should include looking for visible debris, cracks or holes, rust, ponding water, and anything else that stands out to you. You should also do a self-inspection inside the building where the roofing system meets the walls. Look for leaks, bubbling paint or drywall, mildew, and mold.
Since every different roofing system has specific care requirements, problems, and roofing solutions, take time to get to know your roofing system. Learn more about the type of roofing system you have here, or reach out to us at Unlimited Commercial Roofing to schedule a free on-site roof inspection.
Step 2: Look For Any Problem Areas
After your visual inspection, it is time to take a closer look at those problem areas you uncovered. Keep in mind, while some issues are easily fixable—like clearing debris—you do not want to try to fix something more serious yourself—like significant holes or rust—only to cause more damage in the future.
If you have uncovered a few issues—such as ponding water or debris buildup—check nearby drainage areas and gutters to see if anything is blocking the water or debris from leaving your roof. You can clean both up easily by removing trash, soaking up excess water, or clearing out drainage areas.
You should also evaluate if the areas with large amounts of water or debris feel soft or appear to be dipping. If so, it is time to call a professional roofer to avoid more significant problems in the future.
Are you finding too many issues? Uncomfortable going up the ladder? Or unsure of the safest way to fix your roof? Call a professional roofing company like Unlimited Commercial Roofing.
Step 3: Repair Any Noticeable Damage (If Possible)
Cracks and blisters on your flat roof are repairable as long as the damaged area is not large, and the damage has not spread into the roof deck or inside the building. If it has spread, you may need more extensive repairs.
You can repair cracks with roofing cement or roof patching kits, and repair blisters in your roofing material by making shallow cuts to remove the damaged material that has bubbled and applying a sealant on top.
You may also find areas where nails or fasteners have come loose or have gone missing. If you have the right materials and tools available, some of those areas are an easy fix. If you are ever unsure, contact an experienced roofer.
Step 4: Contact a Local Roofing Expert
After your inspection, you may have uncovered issues that are more significant than you can fix by yourself. If you have discovered too many problems or extensive damage, it may be time to contact your local roofing expert. They may recommend repairs or restoration, as well as a protective coating.
Depending on your current roofing materials, a commercial roof membrane coating may fix many of the issues you found. Our roof membrane coatings help to stop leaks, add superior protection and longevity to your roof, and include a reflective surface for cooler summer temperatures and cost-savings.
How to Get an Expert Roofing Contractor Involved
At Unlimited Commercial Roofing, we understand how daunting it may be to have work done on your commercial building. For that reason, we offer a free on-site roof inspection that includes a report on our findings and our roofing recommendations. This gives you peace of mind right away, knowing that there is no cost associated with taking the first step to a better commercial roofing system.
Contact us today to get started on your next commercial flat roof repair project!