Commercial roofs tend to have longer life spans and higher durability than their residential counterparts. However, they are still susceptible to roof punctures. In fact, commercial properties that use membranes are actually more prone to it.
Allied Construction Services, your industrial construction services expert, discusses the common causes of roof punctures and the simple ways you can prevent them.
Roof Punctures: Common Causes
There are many ways roof punctures can develop on a commercial roof, with the most common being roof traffic. Most roofs can handle regular roof traffic, but if the technicians aren’t careful with their tools, they could unknowingly cause scratches or punctures. It’s also not uncommon for people to step on gravel that will get lodged into a roof membrane and puncture the surface.
Inclement weather can also cause roof punctures, especially strong winds that carry debris and tree limbs. In flat roofs, improper water drainage can cause water to pool on the surface. While the roofing membrane can initially withstand this, prolonged exposure will eventually wear it down and cause punctures which will eventually turn into leaks.
Finally, animals such as birds and squirrels can damage the roof. Of particular note are squirrels, crows and woodpeckers. These animals actually feast off certain kinds of insulation and they’ll often go to great lengths just to get it – often puncturing the surface of the roof in the process.
Preventing Roof Punctures
Fortunately, preventing roof punctures is quite easy to do. To prevent weather-related punctures, you’ll want to cut and trim tree limbs and vegetation around your building. This prevents branches from getting blown around and reduces wind-borne debris.
It’s also a good idea to go the extra mile by installing walkway pads on certain parts of the roof that receive the most foot traffic.
One of the best solutions you can pursue is to schedule roof inspection, cleaning and preventive maintenance at least three times a year. At Allied Construction Services, we offer all of these as part of our complete roof system services.
Finally, always keep in mind that roof punctures are at their most dangerous when you neglect them. It’s easy for you to ignore the warning signs, especially if the punctures sees superficial and harmless. Never underestimate the damage a small puncture can do and you’ll avoid spending a potentially costly repair.
As one of the top commercial general contractors in San Jose, Allied Construction Services will help you with your commercial roofing needs. Call us today at (925) 724-2324 to learn more about commercial and industrial roofing services. We offer industrial construction services in San Jose, CA.