Many often fail to recognize the marked differences between residential and commercial roofing. To most, a roof is a roof, is a roof. What they fail to realize is that many of the same of issues that your home’s roof encounters are magnified exponentially with a commercial roof. Where a residential roof covers the roof deck and supports usually only one chimney and a few vents, the roof of your office building often supports multiple ventilation and elevator shafts. Thanks to our multiple years of experience as Tampa roofers, we at Affordable Roofing Systems have become very familiar with many of the issues that your building’s roof faces.
Along with many of the same challenges that you’ll find with a residential roof, commercial roofing also presents its own unique set of problems thanks to the differences in design, the different materials used to cover them, and the much larger surface area that they are typically required to cover. As such, our approach involves more hands-on maintenance when it comes to preventing roofing problems.
Common Commercial Roofing Problems
As is the case with residential roofs, roofing issues with your commercial building start small but often end in big problems. Yet because of your building’s design, these problems are often manifested differently. When we do a commercial roof inspection, we look for the following tell-tale signs of potential issues:
- Buckled panels: The high winds that we often experience in Tampa can lead to buckling of the roofing panels covering your building’s roof deck. Buckled panels can mean that moisture has already permeated to the roofing materials underneath.
- Blistering: Due to exposure to sun, blisters can form in the protective roofing materials that eventually burst and expose the underlying surfaces to the elements.
- Ponding: Because most roofs on commercial buildings are flat, the drainage systems play a vital role in keeping water from ponding on their surfaces. If those drains become clogged, or worse yet, a building’s roof isn’t sloped properly, huge ponds of water can accumulate, eventually eating away at the roofing materials.
- Loose flashing: Flashing installed around vents or along corners can easily become loose or damaged over time. Patches of discoloration along exterior walls are usually a sign that water is seeping in through loose flashing and leaking into the building’s interior.
At Affordable Roofing Services, our roofing maintenance programs are the backbone of our commercial roofing in Tampa. Once we’ve done our initial assessment and repairs to your building’s roof, we work with you to develop a maintenance plan involving routine roof inspections and cleanings to help identify issues early on. Through these maintenance programs, we’ve helped a number of our commercial customers avoid costly repairs.
We’re Here to Help
There’s a reason why we’re at the top of the list of the best roofers in Tampa. Our experience in solving roofing problems has helped to achieve outstanding, long-lasting results with our commercial customers. You can’t afford to not have us care for your building’s roof. We serve areas within Florida, primarily in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Tampa. To schedule an appointment for your free initial estimate, call us today at 813.400.2515, or fill out our convenient online request form.