The roof of any business is one of the first defenses against the elements. High winds, pouring rain, severe storms, can all wreak havoc on flat roofing systems. Because of the lack of slant in a flat roof, pooling water can be detrimental, leading to all kinds of problems and required repairs. Pooling or ponding water will break down coating as well as damage membrane seams and roofing felts. Commercial buildings with flat roofs should take caution to avoid ponding water and make regular roof repairs to guarantee a flat roofing system that will protect a commercial building in all weather conditions.
Pooling Water Damage
Water that just sits on a flat roof will damage roofing materials. As it sits on the top layer of coating and heats up in the hot sun, it will eat away at that coating, seeping into the materials underneath and causing permanent damage. Standing water on a flat roof will also cause deterioration to flat roofing membrane, making it susceptible to leaking. Ponding water is also filled with dirt and debris that begins to rot. If not addressed, ponding water can also grow algae or other growths that can affect the strength and durability of a flat roofing system.
Pooling Water Repairs for Flat Roofs
Ponding water that doesn’t evaporate after 24 to 48 hours is a drainage problem that must be addressed quickly. Look for clogged drains. Check the gutters. Search for any blockage that could cause drainage backup that leads to ponding. If everything is draining properly, a low spot of the roof may be the source. A professional roofing company can correct low spots on commercial flat roofs to match the slope of the roof so water can run off instead of sit and collect in a low area of a flat roof. If it’s more than just a spot that is ponding, it could be the entire slope of a flat roof that was done incorrectly. Rebuilding the roof may be the only option. Rely on professional commercial roofing companies to do the job right for proper repairs for water drainage that eliminates ponding problems for flat roofs.
Avoid deterioration and erosion of commercial flat roofs caused by ponding water with regular maintenance and repairs. Certified Commercial Roofing will repair or replace flat roofing systems for optimal performance all year round. Call today to find out more information about our exceptional services.