Commercial Roofs Need Assessment After Louisiana’s Harsh 2020 Storm Season
Louisiana and the Gulf Coast experienced an incredibly active storm season in 2020. Governor John Bel Edwards calling it “relentless.” It’s more important than ever to ensure your commercial roof is installed, maintained & repaired by a reliable roofer. Storms & high winds can damage your commercial roof even if you can’t see it. Catching a leak or roof vulnerability early can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. With over 40 years of experience in the commercial roofing industry, we’ve seen it all. You can rest easy knowing your roof is in our hands.
What causes COmmercial roof leaks?
Damaged Roof Flashings
Roof flashings are the connecting pieces of roofing that are installed around edges, interior walls & roof features like skylights. Incorrect installation or aging can cause roof flashings to be susceptible to damage from winds & temperature changes, which allows water into the roof system.
The membrane of a commercial roof is the waterproof layer. Damage from weather, foot traffic or a number of other factors, can compromise the waterproofing and saturate underlying insulation leading to further problems.
Poor drainage can lead to standing water on your roof. Sitting water on your roof can penetrate the waterproof membrane & adds a lot of additional weight to the roofing system, which can cause other failures. The best way to ensure your commercial roof is draining properly is to regularly clean and clear drains, gutters, downspouts & scuppers. We make it easy for you with our professional roof cleaning service.
Commercial roofing systems’ lifespans vary based on the materials used and upkeep. Generally, these roofing systems can last 15 to 20 years. You can extend the lifetime of your commercial roofing system with proper maintenance. We take all the guess work out with our preventative maintenance package. Regardless of life span, all roofs age and become more susceptible to damage. Replacing your roof might be necessary after a strong storm season like the one we’ve experienced in Louisiana.
Roof penetrations are HVAC units, vents, drains, pipes, gas lines and other systems commonly found on commercial roofs that come through the roof membrane. These areas can be susceptible to leaking; this can be fixed with a spray coating.