The effects of ponding water on commercial roofs

The Effects of Ponding Water on Commercial Roofs

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Ponding water on a commercial roof can occur almost any time during the year but can be more prevalent during the winter months. If snow and ice accumulate and your roof doesn’t have proper drainage, this could lead to ponding water and cause leaks and other forms of damage on your roof.

Increased Weight on Your Roof

Standing water on your roof can lead to added stress and weight on your roof. When precipitation isn’t just water and turns into snow and ice, that can cause additional stress to your roof. Snow and ice can be extremely heavy and if your roof acquires a heavy snow or ice load, there is a chance of your roof collapsing.

Compromised Roof Integrity

Deterioration of your roofing system can occur as ponding water weakens the structural integrity at the roof deck. This can occur when your roof is exposed to water for an extending period of time. This can cause rusting, weakened wood, mold and also damage to your roof’s concrete features.

Damaged Coating

If water sits on your roof for an extended period of time, it can break down the protective layer of coating on your rooftop. The moisture can start to breakdown the barrier on your rooftop in addition to breaking down the sun’s UV rays on your roof, which can heat the water on your roof leading to additional damage of the coating.

Leaks and Water Damage

The longer water sits on your roof, the more likely water will seep through your roofing membrane and cause leaks and water damage. Moisture can enter into weak points or imperfections in your roofing system which is what causes leaks and water to seep through.

To avoid ponding water on your roof, it’s important to ensure that your roof’s drainage system is functioning properly. This means ensuring that the drain lines are clear of litter, dirt and debris. Additional drain lines may need to be added if you are in an area with high precipitation levels. Ultimately, it is important that you reach out to a professional commercial roofing contractor if you suspect there is ponding water on your roof. A professional will be able to help identify the problem and develop a solution.

If you’re in need of a professional commercial roofing contractor, call Aspen Contracting. At Aspen, we are licensed, bonded and insured, and know how to get the job done. Call us at 877-784-ROOF and let us help you with your roofing needs today.

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