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Why Is My Roof Leaking This Year When It Didn’t Last Year?

With more than 20 years of commercial roofing experience, C.I. Services has seen pretty much every type of surface crack. Commercial leaks are major issues to be concerned with, but fortunately, we’ve figured out why they often appear. Before you scramble to get your surface repaired, you should know what types of damages cause your roof to leak in the first place. We’ve broken down some of the basics in roof management and maintenance.

These are some of the main reasons why your roof might be leaking:

Unsealed Cracks:

If your roof is supported by layers of tar, your surface will degrade over time. This causes flash cracking and opens room for water to seep into your drainage system. Large cracks are easy to spot but something finger-length will take some time to find.

Broken or Missing Shingles:

Shingles are the final layer of support typically found on slanted roofs. They are protective asphalt squares used to absorb and wash away water. Heavy winds and massive storms have the power to break shingle layers off the roof. When a shingle is missing from the appropriate spot, this exposes a vulnerable and non-absorbent surface area.  

Roofing Membrane Damage:

Roofing membranes tend to tear away with age. Over time, this protective material may crack, split, puncture, or blister. This can pave an opening for water to leak into your installation system. It’s important to provide routine patching support, otherwise, you may need to perform a complete resurface.

Outdated Roofing System:

Most flat roofing systems have a maximum lifespan of 15-20 years. Over time though, this type of system will begin to deteriorate to a point beyond repair. Your roofing provider needs to be on top of their game in preserving this system. You should sign up for a preventative maintenance program to keep the system performing at optimal levels for many years to come.

Clogged or Overflown Gutter Systems:

Your gutter system should be cleaned regularly every season; otherwise, it could pile up with water, plant matter, and more. If your gutters get clogged up, your drainage system slows down considerably. This can build up enough water to cause plenty of damage to your building.

You Don’t Have Regular Maintenance:

Routine maintenance is critical. Your roof needs to be inspected on a frequent basis, especially after a disastrous storm. Talk to your commercial roofing provider and schedule routine checkups, cleanings, tuneups, and more.

After You Spot a Leak

If you notice a leak in your building, notify the experts at C.I. Services immediately. We’ll get a technician onsite to patch things up quickly. You can rest easy knowing that your building will always be dry. With us by your side, we’ll make sure that your surface is always conditioned to withstand even the most severe elements.

Contact us today to set up a free [roofing inspection] and to learn about our superior roof management solutions.