A commercial roof works differently when compared to a residential roof, even if they share some similar properties. This is why it’s important to know the signs that indicate that your commercial roofing system is running into serious issues.
- Phenolic Foam Insulation
This form of insulation was primarily used from 1980 to 1992 due to the oil price spikes during this period. It was installed on the roof decking of commercial, industrial and apartment buildings. However, once it comes into contact with water, it turns into a friable and acidic compound. In turn, this corrodes the metal it comes into contact with and results in large holes and leaks in the decking. This is why it was one of the largest roofing class action lawsuits in history.
- Pooling Water
One of the biggest red flags one can spot on a commercial roofing system is pooling water. Roofs are the primarily form of protection for your commercial building. However, if water stagnates on the surface, it can take a toll on your roof, especially without proper drainage. It can result in structural failure and accelerated deterioration due to chemical leaching and increased ultraviolet (UV) exposure.
- Lack of Maintenance
Just like a residential roof, commercial roofing systems require just as much love and care. If your commercial roof isn’t properly maintained, issues can easily surface and possibly shorten the life of your roofing system. This is why it’s important to conduct general year-round maintenance and inspections to ensure that your roof is in prime condition.
At Hershey Exteriors, Inc, we offer a full suite of residential roof services to ensure the integrity and long-term functionality of your home’s roofing surface. We are a GAF-certified roofing company. This means that we can offer you the best selection of roofing materials available on the market. We also specialize in window and gutter replacement as well as storm damage repair. Call (302) 569-9039, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.