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Signs That Your Commercial Building’s Roofing Might Need Repair

September 6th, 2023

Last updated: March 20th, 2024

When you run a commercial building, there are so many things to be aware of when it comes to the health and safety of your customers and employees. You also need to keep your building safe and compliant in line with all of the UK laws and regulations.

Roofing can be a tricky task, it is not easy to repair the roof if you have problems with it, and you need trained professionals who are up to the task of roofing repair if something goes wrong. We’ve already covered roofing leaks, but there are other forms of damage too. So, how can you spot the signs of roofing damage and that something may need to be repaired?

Visible Damage

The most obvious sign that your commercial roofing may need attention is visible damage. This can include cracks, tears, or punctures in the roofing material. Additionally, look for signs of wear and tear, such as missing or damaged shingles, tiles, or metal panels. Inspect the roof regularly to catch these issues early and prevent further damage.

Leaks or Water Stains

Water leaks or water stains on the ceiling inside your commercial building are clear indications that your roof may be compromised. Even a small leak can lead to significant damage if left unaddressed. If you notice any signs of water infiltration, it’s crucial to act quickly to identify and repair the source of the leak.

Ponding Water

Ponding water, which occurs when water accumulates and remains stagnant on the roof’s surface for an extended period, can be a serious problem. It often indicates issues with the roof’s drainage system. Ponding water can weaken the roofing materials, cause structural damage, and lead to leaks. Proper drainage is essential to prevent this issue.

Blistering or Bubbling

If you have a flat or low-slope commercial roof, watch out for blistering or bubbling in the roofing material. This can be a sign of moisture trapped beneath the surface, which can compromise the roof’s integrity over time. Addressing these issues promptly is essential to prevent further damage.

Peeling or Curling Roofing Material

Over time, roofing materials may start to peel, curl, or warp. This is often a result of exposure to harsh weather conditions, UV radiation, or poor installation. Damaged or distorted roofing materials can create vulnerabilities in your roof, making it more susceptible to leaks and other issues.

Increased Energy Costs

We’ve all had to deal with this in recent years. If you’ve noticed a significant increase in your heating or cooling costs that is not caused by rate rises, then your commercial roofing could be to blame. A damaged or poorly insulated roof can allow temperature fluctuations, causing your HVAC system to work harder to maintain a comfortable indoor environment. Regular maintenance and repairs can help improve energy efficiency.

Age of the Roof

Even if you don’t notice any visible signs of damage, it’s essential to consider the age of your commercial roof. Most commercial roofing materials have a limited lifespan, typically ranging from 15 to 30 years, depending on the type of material used. If your roof is nearing the end of its expected lifespan, it’s a good idea to schedule a professional inspection to assess its condition and plan for replacement or maintenance accordingly.

Conclusion: Be Proactive About Roofing

Making repairs and performing maintenance before it gets too late can make all the difference, financially and in terms of lost time.

Robinsons Facilities Services can provide roofing repairs all over Yorkshire, and we also offer an emergency call out service in case you need us urgently.

Our team of trained and accredited roofers are always safe and secure in how they approach repairs, and will be able to carry out any necessary repairs quickly, so that your business can get back to normal as soon as possible.

Working across Yorkshire, we cover North YorkshireWest YorkshireEast Yorkshire and South Yorkshire and offer a fast, efficient response time to all breakdowns and repairs. Contact us today for all plannedreactive maintenance or emergency call out. Call 01423 226578 or get in touch to see how Robinsons Facilities Services can help.

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