Common Roof Problems

Commercial Roof Problems

Learn about the most common commercial roof problems seen in Florida

Commercial roofs in Florida can be vulnerable to many issues due to the tropical weather conditions. From extreme heat and high winds to torrential rains and hail, many elements can cause a roof system to leak or break down prematurely. While today’s roofing systems are tougher than they were 20 years ago, neglecting roof maintenance can lead to premature roof failure. For the best insurance against the high costs associated with roof repairs and replacement, Advanced Roofing recommends semi-annual inspections and maintenance to ensure your roof system performs optimally throughout its service life.

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Metal Flashings

A roof flashing is the sheet metal installed at any breaks, joints or edges on your roof to prevent leaks. Flashings are usually composed of aluminum or galvanized metal and can be easily repaired.

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Clogged Gutters & Drains

Clogged drains, bad seals, corrosion, and improper downspout sizing are all common reasons for roof leaks.

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Pitch Pans

These are common in roofing systems with unusual or irregularly shaped penetrations. They are made to be watertight, but excessive wear & tear occasionally results in leaks. These are also known as pourable sealer pocket leaks.

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Air Conditioning Stands

HVAC curb flashings, pitch pan, deficient cabinetry, and condensation issues can be typical sources of a roof leak.

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Splitting

Splitting can be caused by excessive pressure, ponding water or simply poor workmanship.

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Blistering

Blistering happens when the air is trapped between layers of felt or plies. When the air heats it causes air pockets which can lead to puncture when the blister breaks particularly if it is a larger blister and located on a joint.

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Ponding Water

Ponding water is as a pool of water that does not drain from a roof for up to 48 hours. If ponding water occurs on the edge of your roof,  you can install scuppers to collect the excess water, or an automatic pump can be installed to remove water in the middle of a roof. Also, you can install new drains or have the lower areas of the roof built up to stop the ponding water altogether.

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Plant Growth

A tear in the roof membrane can trap moisture in the roof system creating plant growth and damage to the roof insulation.