Dangers of Water Intrusion in a Commercial Roof
It is important that you have your commercial roof inspected two times per year and after any major storms. During an inspection, a roofer is looking for any damage that can lead to water intrusion and leaks. As a commercial building owner, you may wonder what the danger of water intrusion is. Here are six of the ways that water can damage your commercial building if it leaks in through the roof.
One of the dangers of water intrusion in a commercial roof is structural damage. When water seeps in through the roof, it can damage the structure of the roof, such as the decking and sheathing. These items support and carry the weight of the roof. If they were to become damaged, they can begin to rot or warp. In turn, your roof can cave in.
Water that seeps in through your commercial roof may not only damage the structure of the roof, but it can cause interior damage as well. Water that seeps in through the roof can damage your walls, insulation, light fixtures, structural beams and any other construction and building materials it comes into contact with. Keeping water out is the only way to prevent this type of damage.
Equipment and Inventory Damage
Water that leaks in through your roof can damage anything it touches. This includes items stored in your commercial building, such as computer equipment and inventory that you plan on selling. Insurance typically will not cover these items if they were damaged because you neglected to properly maintain your roof.
Mold and Mildew
When water is present, mold and mildew growth can occur. Mold and mildew can be damaging to your commercial building, and certain types of mold can even make yourself, your employees or your customers sick. Mold and mildew growth can be challenging and costly to remove, as you may have to call in a remediation team. Preventing water from entering your building, such as having routine roof inspections, is the best way to minimize the chances of mold and mildew growth.
Potential Fire Hazards
Most people do not think that water can lead to a fire hazard, but water entering through your roof can lead to potential fire hazards. Water can be damaging to your electrical items and electrical wires. This can ultimately increase the chances of an electrical fire, creating a fire hazard.
The final danger associated with water intrusion in a commercial building is wasted energy. If water can enter your building, air can also enter and escape. This allows outdoor air in and indoor air out, which may mean you have to heat or cool your commercial building for longer, increasing your energy usage.
Are you in need of a roof inspection? Here at Rosie’s Roofing & Restoration, we specialize in commercial roofing. Call us today and let us inspect your commercial roof, helping to decrease the chances of future water intrusion.