Even though we enjoy more than our fair share of warm, sunny days here in the Tampa area, our location on the Gulf also exposes commercial properties in the area to extreme weather that can easily wreck the roof. Here are three ways that storm damage can impact your Tampa commercial roofing:
Backed-Up Internal Drains
The heavy, lashing rains that accompany the severe storms we typically experience in the Tampa area can overwhelm your roof’s internal drains and gutters, especially if they get clogged by leaves, small twigs and other such debris that’s deposited on the rooftop by the wind, and backed-up drains can result in pooled water on the roof field. Compared to rainwater that moves across the roof and drains away quickly, standing water is more likely to seep into the roof system through any minor defects, such as flaws in the seals around the drains themselves or other penetrations for equipment, pipes, vents or skylights.
Ruined Perimeter Flashing
Perimeter flashing serves a critically-important purpose: it keeps the membrane secure around the edges of your roof. If there are any areas where the flashing is bent, broken, corroded or otherwise damaged, the high winds we experience during a storm can get underneath and rip off a whole section. With the flashing gone, the wind can easily lift and tear the membrane and give water an easy entry route into your building’s roof system.
Membrane Tears and Punctures
High winds are another storm-related occurrence that can wreak havoc on your roof. Wind can not only lift the membrane around the perimeter, but it can also deposit and push debris around on the rooftop, causing multiple punctures and tears in the membrane that will then let water enter the roof system. Once water gets under the membrane, it can soak the insulation and render it ineffective, decay or corrode the structural components and leak into your building’s interior and cause all kinds of costly damage.
Working with an experienced local roofer to consistently maintain and preserve your roof is the best way to minimize the adverse effects of severe storms. Regular detailed inspections by your commercial roofer can identify problems that need prompt repair, like inadequately-sized or clogged drains, loose or damaged flashing, membrane flaws like seam separations, bubbles/blisters and punctures/tears.
For help keeping your property’s roof watertight, contact us today at Aderhold Roofing, your dedicated Tampa commercial roofing pros.