Stopping leaks is our number one task. On projects approved and inspected by Truco personnel, a warranty covering a leak free outcome is standard. To best assure an end to leaks, a careful evaluation of existing condition is required prior to any use of materials. Acceptance of a project for warranty purposes is confirmed via a signed copy of our pre-job notification form. On flat roofs, the use of core cuts and infrared scan (IR) services may be required to identify wet insulation or other areas with entrapped moisture. A solid moisture survey will ensure that the coatings perform as desired, and that wet areas prone to compromise the deck and other roof accessories are removed and replaced before the overall resurfacing effort. On occasion, simple repairs may suffice, but moisture seepage on a portion of the roof is often a sign that preventative maintenance measures are needed.
The roof is a commercial building’s first line of defense from natural hazards such as wind, rain, fire, hail, ice, snow, and extreme heat. It is also the most vulnerable part of your building. Every day, your roof is exposed to weather and other elements that may contribute to decay and deterioration (leading to a flat roof leak), increasing the risk of damage to the roof itself and the contents below it.
Signs of serious problems may be apparent even from inside the building. Water stains on a ceiling may signal a leak, which can be caused by a crack or hole in the roof. It’s important to understand that even the smallest leak can be a sign of big trouble. Similarly, if the building has unexplained mold or odors inside, this may indicate a roof leak resulting in water penetration. While internal water damage or mold may signal trouble above, it’s also important to visually inspect the roof itself to look for flat roof leaks that are likely to worsen over time.
Building owners can sometimes inspect their roofs themselves for a flat roof leak, but in many cases, it makes sense to hire a contractor to make sure the job is done safely and correctly.
Looking for flat roof leak
Prolonged standing water or ponding on the roof can lead to premature aging and deterioration, which will lead to leaks. A flat roof leak that goes undetected can slowly rust steel roof decks, rot wood decks, and turn light weight insulating concrete and gypsum decks into a thick paste like substance. Additionally, excessive standing water can lead to significant additional weight, which can weaken the roof deck.
Bubbles may indicate trapped moisture within the roof cover, which can lead to leaks, reduce the life span of the cover, and speed up premature aging of the deck. Another cause of bubbles is the release of gasses from insulation board that gets trapped below the cover. A roof cut or moisture survey of the roof cover can be completed to assist in the diagnosis.
Tears in the roof cover, or worn or cracking seams, can allow water to enter below the cover.
Be sure to check any skylights for securement. Skylights that are not well sealed and secured around the frame’s edge can leak, which may cause the skylights to become dislodged and allow for wind driven rain and debris to enter the building, especially during a high wind event.
Repair don’t replace
When applied by our certified contractors, repairing your commercial flat roof leak with our industry leading coating solutions is the best alternative to a roof replacement. Contact us today and we’ll assist in providing the customized solution to your commercial roofing needs.