More often than not, roofing issues go unnoticed at commercial facilities. Facility managers take the “out of sight, out of mind” approach to roofing, but this can make it easy for roofing damage to turn disastrous. An experienced facility manager, however, will take steps to prevent roofing damage by looking for the signs early on.
Below are five of the most common signs of roofing damage that you can spot easily. If you notice any of these issues, it’s time to call your MaintenX roofer.
Cracked shingles or tiles
Cracked roofing is very common, and can happen because of storm damage, fallen heavy debris, or age. Typically this is not a major concern for the structural integrity of the roof, and should be expected over time. In Tampa, Florida, where MaintenX is headquartered, cracked roofing is very common throughout the hurricane season. However, it is important to replace cracked shingles and tiles to prevent damage to the structures underneath.
Rooms have varying temperatures
If you notice issues with climate control within your facility, several issues may be the culprit. While the first place to check is your HVAC unit, you may also want to inspect your roofing. Poor insulation or roofing ventilation can cause issues with climate control within your facility. This can also be the cause of an overworked HVAC system.
Interior ceiling stains
Ceiling stains are most commonly caused by leaks in the roofing. Unfortunately, these are easily missed if you have tall ceilings or if the leak only causes watermarks rather than dripping water. They can still cause severe structural damage, however, so it’s important to keep an eye out for any sign of water damage on your ceiling.
Water damage under roof tiles.
This is something your roofer may alert you to during an inspection. Ideally, tile roofing will never have water seep underneath, but if it was improperly installed or has reached the end of its service life, this may occur. If your roofer tells you there is water damage under the tiles, be sure to ask them for the quickest repair possible.
Algae, mold, and other natural growth.
Algae, mold, moss, and even some vegetation will likely try to make a home for itself at some point on your roof. While the actual growth is usually harmless and can be cleaned, it could be a sign of excess moisture pooling on the roof. Call your MaintenX team to clean off the growth, and ask them to look for signs of water damage. You’ll want to address both the aesthetic issue and the potential water damage at the same time.
Roofing maintenance can be simple if you’re diligent. For more information on roofing maintenance best practices, contact your local MaintenX team today!