Follow David Linkedin Facebook
Email David Email
Other
Jan 3, 2023

How to Tell if Your Flat Roof Needs Replacing

Sponsored Content provided by David Grandey - Sales and Marketing Manager, Highland Roofing Company

Most commercial buildings have flat roofs made up of a variety of different types of roofing materials.  Here’s how to know if your flat roof simply needs minor repairs or if it’s time for a full replacement.  

Most commercial roofs less than 10 years old should only need repairs especially if damage or wear and tear is isolated to a specific area and are minor issues that can be repaired quickly and efficiently. Common deficiencies in commercial roofs that can easily be repaired include: 

•    Minor tears/punctures
•    Nails that have popped out of place
•    Worn out flashings
•    Deteriorated sealants and caulking
•    Rusted fasteners
•    Minor damage to coping caps
•    Clogged gutters and drains

All of the above common repairs can quickly be addressed and prevented with a preventative roof maintenance program where each quarter, six months or year a dedicated roofing service team will inspect your roof to make minor repairs, clean gutters and downspouts and remove debris from the roof’s surface.  All of this will prolong the life of your roofing system. 
 
However, most properly installed flat roofs should last between 20-25 years, so if you are getting to that timeframe and are noticing that repairs are becoming more frequent, extensive and are no longer isolated to a specific area, it’s likely time to replace your roof. Here’s some other common signs to watch out for: 

Blistering, Bubbles and Cracking – Blisters, bubbles and cracks on the surface of the roof membrane are sure signs that it’s time to replace the membrane. 

Ponding Water – “Flat” roofs usually have at least a 15-degree slope to allow for water runoff, but as the roof ages, the roof could start to warp causing the designed runoff to become less effective and water to pool and puddle leading to increased water damage and leaks. 

Persistent Roof Leaks – As roofing materials age and break down from exposure to sunlight and weather, cracks will form causing roof leaks to become more persistent as water makes its way through the cracks. Discoloration, mold and mildew on the interior ceilings are all signs of ongoing roof leaks. 

Increasing Energy Bills – If your energy bill is rising and you are having trouble pinpointing the source, it could be your roof! High-quality TPO, PVC and EPDM flat roofing membranes are designed to conserve energy. As the roof ages, it will eventually fail to property insulate the structure its connected to. 

A new roof system provides the following benefits: 

•    Energy Savings – most roofing systems today help deflect heat away from the building which saves on ongoing energy costs and depending on the type of roof selected and if new insulation is installed, a building owner could earn a hefty rebate from their energy company after the installation
•    Weatherproofing – new roofs are better at resisting strong storms, including hail and strong winds
•    Leak Protection – with a new commercial roof and an ongoing roof maintenance plan, your business will have the best leak protection


David Grandey, Sales And Marketing Manager 

David Grandey is Sales and Marketing Manager for Highland Roofing Company where he is a member of the senior management team and maximizes the company’s sales efforts by leading Highland’s account management team. He also oversees all marketing and community relations efforts. 

David is very active in the growth of the Wilmington business community through a variety of leadership roles with Cape Fear Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and The Wilmington Rotary Club and memberships with Wilmington Business Development, the Wilmington Chamber Of Commerce, the Downtown Business Alliance, the Wilmington Area Hospitality Association and the Wilmington Apartment Association.

Highlandroofing logo 762184323
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Headshots march websized 2

How to Tell if Your Flat Roof Needs Replacing

David Grandey - Highland Roofing Company
Screenshot2022 01 06at338 162234623

Genesis Block Aims to Connect Minority Owned Firms to $2.5 Million in Contracts in 2023

Girard Newkirk - Genesis Block
Billcoleman lopw headshot

Reaping The Benefits Of Patience

Bill Coleman - Live Oak Private Wealth

Trending News

Untappd Taps Out Of Downtown Wilmington Office Building

Cece Nunn - Jan 30, 2023

ILM To Chart Future Path In Forthcoming Report

Miriah Hamrick - Jan 30, 2023

In The Current Issue

Chill Couple Grows Ice Cream Stores

Boombalatti’s Homemade Ice Cream became a local favorite when it first opened in The Forum on Military Cutoff Road in 1999. When Wes and Kri...


New App Hooks Seafood Connections

Landon Hill is the founder and owner of the mobile app that seeks to promote local fishers and make it easier for buyers to find fresh seafo...


Local, State Efforts Target Service Sector

Many industries have started to recover from the roiling effect the pandemic had on the labor market, but nearly three years after the first...

Book On Business

The 2023 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2022 Power Breakfast: Wilmington's Most Intriguing People - Spence Broadhurst & Hannah Gage
2022 Power Breakfast: Wilmington's Most Intriguing People - George Taylor
2022 Power Breakfast: Wilmington's Most Intriguing People - Mike Ford
2022 Power Breakfast: Wilmington's Most Intriguing People - Meaghan Dennison
2022 Power Breakfast: Wilmington's Most Intriguing People - Rhonda Bellamy