As well-established Portland roofers, Greater Purpose Construction LLC knows the signs of an aging commercial roof. By catching these signs in time, you can save yourself from further damage to other parts of your home. Here are several of the most common.
A roof should never sag or be uneven because it’s specifically designed to bear its weight. Sagging has several causes, but the main one is age. Installing new roofing material over old material, can create a “pancake effect” and may lead to sagging, especially as the overall roof structure ages. Another contributor to sagging is over-accumulation of moisture, which is a common issue with commercial buildings whose roofs are typically flat.
The majority of commercial roofing incorporates waterproofing materials that integrate with the roof’s decking. These materials are connected by seams, and as a roof ages, there’s a higher chance of water penetrating the seaming and soaking into the roof. Seaming gaps are difficult to assess without having a professional roofer onsite to evaluate them. This is something we encourage every business to do because by the time you notice moisture coming through the ceiling of your building, you could have a big problem on your hands.
Signs Of Moisture
Depending on the size and type of commercial building you work in, and the kind of roof it has, it may be easy to see evidence of moisture within the building’s interior. Telltale signs include water stains on the ceiling, water-drip marks on the walls, and a damp smell in certain parts of the building. Most of the time, the presence of moisture is due to an aging roof.
Flashings are an “under the radar” roofing item that you don’t hear much about. However, they have an important role to play as components used to create a sealing in the areas where your building’s roof is joined with other structures. Flashings are needed in spots where two roofing materials meet at such an angle that they can’t overlap and create a seal. Similar to seaming gaps, it’s hard to know whether your roof’s flashings are deteriorating or have been pulled free. It’s a good idea to have an experienced roofer do a periodic inspection of your flashings, especially if your roof has been around awhile.
More Expensive Energy Bills
A roof has several responsibilities: keeping a building dry, acting as an insulator, and shielding a building’s interior from the hot sun during summer months. If you find that your monthly heating and cooling bills are on the rise, an aging roof is a possible culprit.
We’ve saved the most obvious warning sign for last. Nothing lasts forever, and even the best roof will lose its protective abilities over time. The older your commercial roof gets, the more frequently you should have it inspected. At some point, it will need to be replaced.
Trust Our Pros To Care For Your Commercial Roof
Greater Purpose Construction LLC is a highly-rated roofing company with extensive experience in roof installation and replacement. Contact us to learn if your old roof needs to be replaced. We offer free estimates.