How to Find Leaks & Prevent Damage to Your Commercial Roof

Roof leaks can wreak havoc on the interior of your commercial building. Not only do water intrusions deteriorate the structure itself, they can damage contents like equipment, inventory, merchandise, or tenants’ property. You’ll know that you need commercial roof repair if a sudden, catastrophic water leak occurs during a severe storm or hurricane, but you may not even realize there’s a problem with the roof if leaks are developing slowly due to deferred maintenance or aging.

Indicators of Roof Leaks and Potential Need for Roof Repair

If you’re experiencing any of the following problems related to roof leaks, it’s time to schedule a professional inspection and get advice on what repairs are needed to prevent more extensive damage.

  • Water drips or puddles. Water dripping down from above is an unmistakable sign of a leaking roof, but you may find it impossible to trace the source of the leak, since water can travel a good distance along structural components before it falls. Even a puddle on the floor can originate from a roof leak if the water has run down the wall framing.
  • Stained or sagging ceilings. Leaks that allow moisture to accumulate in the area between the roof and a dropped ceiling can cause sagging or discoloration of the tiles. That trapped moisture and humidity can also damage or corrode ducting or mechanical/electrical equipment that’s housed in the space.
  • Mold growth and musty odors. In our humid climate, it doesn’t take much absorbed moisture in a building’s framing or drywall to give mold a chance to gain a foothold. If you get complaints about musty odors or see patches of mold growth in the building’s interior and it’s related to water infiltration through the roof, locating and repairing the leaks is the only way to get the problem under control and avoid a recurrence.
  • An increase in cooling costs. If the energy consumption for the building is rising, you might not suspect that water intrusions through the roof are the culprit. As water seeps in through leaks in the roof and the insulation gets wet, its R-value declines and it’s less effective at reducing heat transfer into the building’s interior. As a result, the HVAC equipment has to work harder to keep the building cool and your energy costs rise.

If your property in the Tampa area is in need of expert commercial roof repair, contact us at Aderhold Roofing.

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