Water stains may take a while to notice, but you can’t stop noticing them once you do. Water stains and spots are telltale signs of a leak and a sign that there may be something terribly wrong with your roof. A leak will be a particular challenge to repair if it’s coming from a flat commercial roof — it’s not like they can just replace a few shingles. Fortunately, Aderhold Roofing is here to help
In this brief article, we discuss what water stains mean for commercial roofs and what owners can do to mitigate damage caused by these eyesores. Although your first inclination may be to simply ignore a commercial roof leak in Tampa, doing so could result in extensive roof and structural damage. Always call a professional roofer who can get to the bottom of that dark stain on your ceiling.
Where Do Water Stains Come From?
Water travels down the path of least resistance, meaning that the source of your water stain may be hard to find or nowhere near the stain. It also means that the extent of the damage will be difficult to determine at first glance. Maybe the water stain was caused by a recent leak brought on by Florida weather, or maybe it was caused by an ongoing leak that’s only just causing a water stain (one of the many reasons we suggest investing in a maintenance plan to prevent roof leaks in Tampa).
Although a water stain is usually a sign of a leaky roof, it could really be anything. HVAC units, plumbing leaks, and condensation are only a few potential sources of a leak. Even poorly installed window frames could be the problem. There’s no way of telling where your water stain is coming from until you call upon a professional to take a look at your roof.
What Commercial Roof Owners Should Do to Mitigate Damage
You can only replace so many stained ceiling tiles. Blotting, cleaning, and painting over a water stain can help mitigate damage in the interim, but the longer you wait to address the underlying problem the more expensive the repair bill will be in the end. A professional roofer can not only discover the source of the water stain but also provide an appropriate solution, whether that means installing a new waterproof membrane or applying a restorative coating over your existing commercial roof.
At Aderhold Roofing, we are adept at not only repairing but preventing roof leaks. We effectively prevent roof leaks in Tampa through our maintenance plans. Under a maintenance plan, our technicians perform regular inspections to assess the condition of commercial roofs, down to pulling roofing permit history to accurately determine a roof’s lifespan. If you’re seeing an ugly water stain in your ceiling, you are only hurting your commercial property by sitting on it. Give us a call and work with a professional who will protect your valued property now and well into the future.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional counsel.