3 Industrial Roofing Problems and Their Solutions

Many blog posts discuss residential roofing problems. But very few talk about industrial roofing issues and how to deal with them.

You might be wondering why you need to know the solutions to industrial roofing problems if your roofing company will take care of them.

But here’s the catch: knowing about these problems helps detect them early, and knowing the solution will help you determine whether the contractor is on the right track.

Here are the three most common industrial roofing issues and how they can be addressed.

How to Solve Industrial Roofing Problems 

No matter how durable your industrial flat roof is, problems are inevitable. You should be aware of the different types of problems that can occur so you can identify them before they become worse and solve them accordingly.

1) Leaky Roof

A leaky roof is one of the most common issues building owners face. Your industrial roof acts like a lid on a container to keep everything inside dry. Once a leak develops, it compromises the structure. Leaks should be fixed as soon as possible to minimize the damage.

Solution: Poorly-installed flashing and pitch pans are often the primary cause of leaks. The first step to solving this problem is to locate the defective pitch pan or flashing. Then, get it repaired by a roofing contractor or your roofing maintenance provider. The application of primer and self-adhesive rubber tape to cover the leak should be enough to repair it. If this problem is an isolated occurrence, get the rest of your roof inspected for signs of damage.

2) Shrinkage

If your non-residential building is in a location where temperature fluctuations are frequent, the materials and components of your roofing system may contract and expand. Repeated expansion and contraction can impact the joints; leading to breaks, tears, seams pulling apart, and structural damage.

Solution: Shrinkage is a common problem in TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin), EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) membrane systems. First off, regular inspections are necessary to keep these problems at bay. However, if a lack of regular inspection has resulted in permanent cracks, then you need to replace the entire roof.

3) Scrapes, Punctures, and Holes

Scrapes, punctures, and holes in your industrial flat roofing system can be caused by foot traffic, storm debris, and wildlife. (Woodpeckers, ravens and crows can peck on the roof membrane and tear through its coating, while squirrels bite through.)

This problem is common in single-ply membrane systems because they lack the hard outer surface typically found in multi-ply roofs. Left undetected, this type of problem can build up over the years and harm the roof’s support structure, leading to system failure.

Solution: Make sure you trim tree limbs and vegetation around the building as it can help prevent wind-borne debris from hitting your roof. Limit foot traffic to avoid further damage. Small punctures can be fixed by making a shallow cut using a utility knife and forcing the sealant into the puncture. You should avoid doing your own roof repair because if you cut down too deep, you can puncture the layer underneath. Consult a professional roof repair company.

No roofing problem is too big to solve if you detect it early and repair it before the damage becomes permanent. If you suspect a problem with your industrial roofing system, the first step should be to contact a reliable roofing contractor. They can assess and address the damage so your building stays in optimal condition for years to come.

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