Commercial roof replacement

A leaky roof is a sign that a commercial roof needs to be replaced. Many problems can be caught during a regular inspection.

Residential and Commercial Roofing Projects
Blackhawk Roofing
December 11, 2020

Commercial roof replacement

Demand for commercial roofing in the United States will expand exponentially in the coming years. Commercial offices and warehouse buildings are increasing rapidly as the need for offices and industrial space continues to grow. As new commercial buildings are built locally, there will also be increased demand for commercial roofing specialists.

Roof replacement is a necessary step to ensure that the roof of your commercial property remains structurally sound and can protect you from the elements. Wear and tear over time can lead to unseen structural damage that may not be immediately visible, making preventative roof maintenance from professional roof repair experts all the more important. However, sometimes damage cannot be repaired and Commercial Roof Replacement is the best option for ensuring a sturdy rooftop for years to come. Common signs that Commercial Roof Replacement may be needed include presence of water leaks or pooled water, cracks in the structure, wear and tear inside and outside of building, dark or stained spots on ceilings or walls, presence of mold, or issues with the gutters.

1. Moss and Plant Growth

Commercial roofing specialists have trained eyes for spotting fungi, moss and other forms of plant growth that is one of the major indications of damage or trapped moisture. In many cases, this can be seen as moss peeking through shingles or even darker patches of mold around a roof's surface. It is understandable to want to brush this off and forget about it, but it can be a serious issue if not addressed properly. Commercial roofing specialists know to take great care in inspecting these areas with a stiff brush, as it could potentially reveal structural issues beneath the surface that warrant replacement. While some of the actionable steps may seem daunting at first blush, mitigating plant growth on roofs is something that must be done quickly in order to prevent further damage from occurring.

2. Sagging

It is important to address a sagging roof immediately. This can often be a sign of rot, and if this is the case, further inspection by a commercial roofing specialist will be required. The sagging may not be noticeable, but it could be from structural damage to the underlying wood beams of the roof. A professional should be able to identify any weak points in the lowest regions of your roof where rot has most likely occurred. To ensure that your home is structurally sound, inspection of your sagging roof must happen quickly before worse structural damage occurs.

3. Shingle or Single-Ply Irregularities

Commercial roof replacement irregularities, such as cracks, buckling and other types of wear and tear on shingles or single-ply, should not be ignored. Minor damage may be repairable but more extensive signs of wear usually mean that the roof needs to be replaced. Commercial roofing specialists can gauge the severity of any damage and determine what must be done to correct it. Additionally, homeowners should periodically check their gutters and downspouts for shingle granules – an accumulation could indicate that a commercial roof replacement is necessary. Do not take chances with your business’s safety; have a professional inspect your commercial property today!

4. Age

Commercial roof replacement is often necessary once a roof has reached a certain age, regardless of how well it has been maintained in the meantime. Before making any final decisions to replace a roof, it's important to check the documentation verifying the age of the existing installation. Generally speaking, asphalt shingle roofs will last between 20 and 25 years if installed properly, however if an additional layer of shingles has been added over an existing one at some point, then this may reduce their lifespan and indicate that they should be replaced after 20 years normally. Therefore it's always better to err on the side of caution when considering Commercial Roof Replacement in order to ensure your commercial building remains well protected from both environmental hazards and any other damage.

5. Ventilation Problems

Commercial roof ventilation is essential for detecting warning signs of potential or existing roof damage before catastrophic consequences occur. Attics and crawlspaces used for storage are typically situated beneath a commercial roof and should be inspected thoroughly to look for any signs that have been impacted by the structure above. These can include light coming through the ceiling, unexplained stains, or dark streaks appearing on the walls. Commercial buildings may not have access to a traditional attic, but it is still appropriate to inspect areas closest to the roof in order to detect any hidden issues. Some warning signs of an aging or failing roof might not be readily apparent, so more frequent evaluation from a certified inspector is recommended in order to prevent costly replacement work earlier than needed. Roof maintenance must be taken seriously as it can prolong the life of your commercial roof and protect those within the building from unforeseen hazards.

Blackhawk Roofing has built replacement roofs for thousands of residential and commercial customers in Springfield and Central Illinois. We've also done hundreds of roof repairs. Blackhawk Roofing provides outstanding value on every project. Call owner Dan Schnell at 217-741-6251 to schedule a Free Estimate.

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