The roof is one of the most important components of any building. This is especially true for commercial properties. Any damage to the roof can cause leaks, increasing the likelihood of water damage, which can result in the need for expensive repairs. From offices to apartment buildings, commercial property owners need to understand the negative impacts of having a leaky roof. Some of the main issues that result from leaks are outlined below.
When moisture enters your building through the roof, it causes the building materials inside to get wet. This creates the perfect environment for mold to grow. Mold quickly accumulates in areas that are warm and moist.
Mold is often found on porous surfaces. For instance, if frequently grows in carpets or on drywall. Wooden support structures are susceptible to mold, as well, as are hard surfaces like tile and grout.
Most buildings are supported by wooden beams. If these beams get wet, they can begin to rot. This can compromise the structural integrity of your building. Left untreated, this problem can worsen until your roof begins to sag. Eventually, the roof could even collapse if the rot becomes severe enough. It is far better to keep water damage from occurring in the first place than it is to try to salvage the structure of your building after it has gotten wet.
Typically, commercial spaces have fiberglass insulation in the walls, ceilings, and floors. Insulation like this is inserted into any openings or air pockets to keep heat from escaping. When moisture enters your building, it can cause the insulation to get wet. This can not only make the insulation less effective but it can also increase its weight. The extra weight could put a strain on your ceiling, increasing the likelihood of a major accident like a ceiling collapse.
Don’t neglect your roof. Instead, stay on top of regular maintenance and make repairs when needed. Southern Star Roofing can help with all of your roofing needs. From inspections to roof replacement and repairs, we can handle it all. If you are ready to stop roof leaks, give us a call.