Commercial Flat Roofs: Common Problems


Flat roofs for commercial buildings are designed to be easily maintained and repaired, making them some of the most energy-efficient and visually pleasing options for any commercial structure. However, they require specialized care, and professional roofers can assist in identifying and promptly addressing common issues. Here are some prevalent problems associated with flat commercial roofs:

1. Ongoing Water Accumulation:

   Roofs can deteriorate quickly if there is a pool of water or drainage problems. Water may eventually leak into your building if the membranes cannot drain properly. This issue can be mitigated by installing tapered insulation systems to facilitate water shedding from the roof.

2. Alligatoring or Cracking

   Constant exposure to heat and sunlight can cause the membrane to crack, resembling the skin on an alligator. Applying a cool coating system is an effective way to protect these types of roofing. Regularly coating the roof not only saves money on energy bills but also safeguards the roofing membrane.

3. Roof Edges Damaged:

   Improper drainage can cause a flat roof to rise around the edges. Issues with the flashing on the flat roof’s edge can lead to leaks in the building’s structure. If water seeps into the roof structure or walls, it can result in electrical damage, mold growth, and other problems. Consulting with a commercial roofer and collaborating with a contractor can help prevent these issues.

If you are experiencing any of these problems with your roof or require reliable commercial roofing maintenance professionals, feel free to contact us today.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier roofing company that offers Commercial Roof Maintenance in Tampa! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.

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