Top 5 Leading Causes of Damage on Commercial Roofs

A well-maintained commercial roof protects your assets, employees and operations from the elements, delays any unnecessary problems. However, several factors can compromise your commercial roof’s integrity. In today’s post, let’s learn about the top five leading causes of commercial roofing damage.

  1. Weather-Induced Damage – Weather is an uncontrollable yet significant factor contributing to commercial roof damage. Roofs have to endure heavy rainfalls and thunderstorms and occasional hurricanes and high winds. These conditions can lead to the breaking, tearing or complete removal of roofing materials. Particularly, strong winds can expose and damage the underlying areas of the roof and cause leaks and water damage.

  1. Faulty Installation and Improper Maintenance – A well-installed and maintained roof can significantly reduce the risk of damage. Unfortunately, roofs can be installed poorly, with mishandled flashing or inadequate sealing around penetration points such as vents and pipes. Faulty installation can lead to immediate issues or shorten the roof’s lifespan. Similarly, neglecting regular maintenance and inspection schedules can allow minor issues to evolve into costly repairs. 

  1. Standing Water and Drainage Issues – Poorly designed roofs or clogged drainage systems can lead to standing water, which is particularly problematic for flat commercial roofs. Water that pools on the roof surface can degrade roofing materials and lead to leaks and structural damage. Ensuring that your roof has adequate drainage and addressing issues promptly when they arise is critical to preventing water damage.

  1. Age and Wear – Like anything else, commercial roofs have a lifespan. Over time, materials can become brittle, crack or warp, especially under the intense summer heat common in North Carolina. Regular inspections can identify aging signs early, allowing for repairs or replacements before significant damage occurs.

  1. Unanticipated Punctures and Penetrations – Maintenance activities, foot traffic or installation of new equipment can sometimes lead to punctures or additional penetrations in the roof. Each new penetration is a potential leak point and can compromise the roof’s integrity if not properly sealed. It’s vital to monitor roofing work closely and ensure any penetrations are adequately waterproofed.

Have your roof inspected and addressed by a leading roofing team in the area. You can always trust us at Nisley Commercial Roofing, your number-one roofing company for all your needs. Call us at (336) 467-3889 or fill out this contact form to reach us.