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How to Avoid These 3 Biggest Industrial Roofing Problems

February 20, 2017

How to Avoid These 3 Biggest Industrial Roofing Problems

The roof on your industrial property is a multiple-component system that endures nonstop wear and tear from the elements. When you understand the potential issues that can develop on the roof and know how to deal with them, it’s easier to avoid the expense of unexpected repairs or a premature replacement. In our experience, here are three of the biggest industrial roofing problems faced by St. Louis property owners.

Flashing Deterioration

Flashings are common weak points where water can easily enter an industrial roof. Your roof likely has numerous flashed areas, including around:

  • The perimeter and parapets
  • Penetrations for pipes, HVAC equipment, vents and skylights
  • Internal drains
  • Sheet metal configurations
  • Expansion joints

Because flashed areas are particularly susceptible to deterioration and failure, it’s vital to have them thoroughly checked during your semi-annual roof inspections. Any flashing issues revealed during an inspection, like corrosion, loose, bent or missing sections, need to be fixed promptly to keep the membrane attached in high winds and prevent moisture intrusions that can lead to interior water damage and mold growth.

Drainage Issues

A roof drainage system that can’t handle sufficient rainwater capacity, or has internal drains, scuppers and downspouts that are clogged with debris, can leave areas of standing water after a heavy rain. Water that doesn’t drain away within 48 hours puts your property at greater risk of water leakage into the roof assembly. Over time, that moisture can ruin the roof insulation’s R-value and/or cause damage to the decking, structural components and the building’s interior and contents. If your drains aren’t working properly, it’s essential to clear any areas of ponding promptly, and have your roofing contractor test the drains and fix the underlying issue(s).

Roof Field Degradation

The roof field on a industrial building covers a large exposed area, so there are many spots where it’s vulnerable to deterioration and damage. To prevent water intrusions, have your roofer regularly inspect for issues like lap or seam separations, blistering/bubbling due to retained moisture between the material layers, or punctures/tears in the membrane caused by debris or foot traffic. A commercial roofer who has experience with your type of roof can identify and fix any underlying damage, and then make sound repairs to the roof field deficiencies.
If you’re experiencing industrial roof problems with your St. Louis property, contact us at Jewett Roofing and let us put our 35+ years of experience to work for you.

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