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Common Causes of Commercial Roof Leaks and How to Prevent Them

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Most commercial property managers or business owners are not roofing experts. That`s why, when they have to deal with a leaking roof, they have no idea where to start to fix the problem.

Let’s go through some very common causes of commercial roof leaks.

1. Damaged roof membrane

There are many reasons why a roof membrane can become damaged, but the most common ones are heavy foot traffic, heavy equipment stored on the roof, or debris from storms.

2. Drainage system problems

Water is very good at finding its way into lower areas, and will forge its path if it doesn’t already exist. Gutters, downspouts and drains are designed to keep water from rains and melting snow away from the building. When they become clogged with dirt, water overflows and seeps through imperfections in the roof infrastructure.

3. Defective, damaged or degraded seals

Seals around skylights, vents, HVAC units and other roof penetrations can become damaged or degraded over time, allowing water to enter and cause leaks.

4. Weather

Severe weather such as hailstorms, high winds and heavy snow can damage your roof. Freeze-thaw cycles and thick ice build-up can be equally bad for a commercial roof.

Most commercial roof leaks can be prevented by scheduling regular roof maintenance at https://www.nemasonry.com/new-england-roofing performed by a professional roofer.