As temperatures warm and flowers begin blooming in Northeast Ohio, we head outside more. Spring weather not only brings out the foliage, spring storms bring a lot of rain. This season is often when commercial building owners first notice signs that their property roof is in need of repair.
Experienced Northeast Ohio roofers know the importance of carefully inspecting a commercial property inside and out for signs of a damaged and/or leaky roof. Your property is an important investment and proactively protecting it, as well as promptly repairing any problems with your roof, helps protect your investment.
Particularly after heavy spring rains, there may be more obvious signs of water leakage than seeing water inside your property.
Inspecting a Commercial Roof for Storm Damage
A thorough inspection of your property roof by a trained Northeast Ohio roofing expert can reveal signs of storm and weather damage such as:
- Protruding or bulging patches in the roof
- Damaged, warped or molded roof vents
- Loose or deteriorated flashing
- Split roofing membranes
- Damage from debris, such as downed tree branches.
Commercial and Industrial Roofing Solutions
Roberts Roofing has been a leader in Northeast Ohio roofing issues since 1981. We focus spring commercial roof inspections on four key areas:
Flashing, which prevents the passage of water into a building, is critical to your roof’s ability to prevent leaking. The perimeter flashing on the walls or edges is a primary leak offender. Your flashings will not last as long as the rest of the roof system, so they need to be inspected on a regular basis.
During an inspection, your Roberts Roofing professional will look for signs of damage to the flashing, such as rust, splits in seams and deteriorated sealant. They pay particular attention to flashing at walls and curbs for any punctures or other signs of damage.
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All sealants eventually deteriorate. We examine roof sealants and look for common caulking issues, such as deterioration, cracking and gaps in the caulking due to age, wear and tear, or damage from debris. As we get more sunshine and warmer temps in the spring, it is an ideal time to re-caulk and repair your commercial roof sealant issues.
Any place an item protrudes through your roof’s surface needs extra attention each spring. We examine areas of roof penetration including pipes and drains, HVAC units, vents and gas lines, which can all be sources for water leaking from the roof. Regularly inspecting, identifying and fixing roof penetration issues are a crucial part of protecting your commercial property roof. Roof penetration leaks do not get better – over time, the damage can become much more serious – and expensive.
Our roofing professionals inspect all types of commercial roofs for signs of roof surface damage. On built-up roofs, areas with missing gravel or exposed felts are noted. On PVC or rubber roofs, we look for cracks and holes. Cracked roof seams or holes in the seams will be noted and targeted to be sealed. We can also test the integrity of your roof membrane. If you have noted any areas in the roof’s perimeter where mold, algae or “spongy” spots appear, bring those to the attention of a commercial roof specialist as soon as possible as these are clear signs of water damage.
Prompt Roof Repair Saves Money
By repairing problems when they are in the early stages and still manageable, you will likely save money over a more costly repair down the line when the problem has worsened.
Roberts Roofing Company has been a leading provider of innovative commercial and industrial roofing solutions in the Greater Cleveland, Ohio area since 1981. We provide commercial repair, replacement and maintenance to serve companies of all sizes in Ohio and the surrounding region, offering a combination of technical expertise, custom solutions and quality workmanship for every project.
Contact Roberts Roofing today for a free spring roof inspection quote for your Northeast Ohio commercial property. You can reach us through our online form, or by calling 440-946-2233.