The Hidden Dangers of a Leaky Roof

The rainy season in Central Florida runs through late May into mid-October and is characterized by thunderstorms that slowly build during the heat of the day to deliver brief but heavy rainfall. Over half of The Sunshine State’s annual rainfall is received during these five months, and while it may provide an excellent opportunity to enjoy indoor activities, the rainy season can lead to serious damage for your commercial roof.

Our team of licensed and insured roof coating contractors in Tampa with Aderhold Roofing is dedicated to combating high humidity, sunlight, and heavy rain through regular maintenance. Keep your property dry and structurally sound by consulting with a trustworthy commercial roofing contractor ready to serve your needs and extend the lifespan of your roof.

Related: Keeping Leaks At Bay Through Florida Seasons

Mold and Mildew

One of the most serious, unseen dangers of a leaky roof is mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew can begin to develop within just a couple of days of water entering your property. Any area within the building that has a buildup of moisture is likely to experience mold and mildew capable of spreading throughout the building via the HVAC system to the walls, floor, carpets, and wood framing. Not only will you need professional assistance to remove the existing mold spores and restore the condition of the property, but mold and mildew can lead to serious health issues. 

Mold and mildew can lead to the exacerbation of respiratory conditions, such as rhinitis, nasal congestion, and asthma, especially for those with high sensitivity. Additionally, as the mold continues to spread, it can lead to allergic reactions, fungal infections, fever, and shortness of breath. Prevent costly damages and potential health concerns through routine maintenance and inspection for water damage. With the exception of moisture buildup, ventilation and humidity levels are the largest contributors to the spread of mold. If you want to prevent roof leaks in Tampa, you need to contact an experienced, licensed roofing contractor.

Related: How to Find Leaks & Prevent Damage to Your Commercial Roof

Structural Damage

Compromised structural integrity is yet another inevitable consequence of a long-standing leaky roof. First, the wooden components of your roofing system will become deteriorated through water intrusion, leading to sagging, bowing, rotting, and more. If water leaks down into the ceiling joints and wall framing, the costs will continue to steadily rise. Finally, you’ll observe interior damage, such as deteriorated ceilings, buckled wall coverings, and peeling paint. If the leaks are not detected while they are still manageable, then the ceiling could give way and collapse, damaging anything underneath. 

If you’re experiencing leaks on your commercial or multifamily property, it could be traced back to one or more of the following issues: 

  • Clogged drain
  • Blisters
  • Damaged flashing
  • Alligatoring
  • Damaged roof membrane

To address these deficiencies and avoid the hidden dangers of a leaky roof, contact Aderhold Roofing. We are prepared to trace and stop leaks before they even begin. 

To speak with a professional about your leaky roof, or to schedule a consultation, please submit our contact request form.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional counsel.

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