A sound, well-maintained roof is vital to the structural integrity of a building. Many issues start small, but because they are often hard to detect until they cause a visible problem, can quickly become costly. To protect your business, regular maintenance and inspection are necessary. Here are six common reasons to call a Maryland Commercial Roofing Contractor.
Leaks: A leak is the easiest problem to detect. You don’t have to get up on your roof to see a leak; stained walls or a steady drip from your ceiling are a clear indicator. There are a number of issues that could be the cause of a leaky roof. Don’t delay having it looked at by a roofing contractor. It’s often a straightforward fix, and it will only get worse, putting your roof at risk for more serious structural problems.
Poor Installation: A roof that isn’t installed correctly will inevitably have problems, as well as a much shorter life span than that of a properly installed roof. Professional roofers commonly come across issues caused by faulty or shoddy workmanship. Before buying a house or commercial building, it’s a good idea to hire a roofing contractor to inspect the roof, or you could find yourself with costly, unexpected repairs.
Roof Shrinkage: The lumber in your roof is often coated with a membrane before the tiles or shingles are installed. This membrane protects against extreme temperatures and damaging ultraviolet light, but it can also shrink over time, leading to cracked, blistered or split shingles.
Debris: Debris such as leaves or pine needles can accumulate in the valleys of your roof. This debris gathers water and can cause the shingles beneath it to deteriorate. It can also prevent proper water run-off.
Tree Damage: A tree doesn’t have to fall on your roof to damage it; overhanging branches can abrade your shingles, and pose a serious threat in high winds.
Tenting and Shingle Blow-Offs: Shingles can bow, or tent, over time. This allows water and wind to get underneath them, exposing your roof structure to the elements. Even moderate wind can blow tented shingles off of your roof, leading to even greater exposure.
It’s advisable to get your roof inspected every two or three years to catch issues early. Orndorff & Spaid Inc provides commercial roofing services for any size project, including new construction, re-roofing, repairs and maintenance.