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If you have noticed water collecting in areas on your business's flat roof, you may feel that the small pools will evaporate quickly and not cause much damage. However, pools of water on your building's roof are often signs of trouble.
1. Indicates Existing Damage
If you are seeing pools of water on your roof, there is a reason for it. When your flat roof was first installed, it was designed to have an even surface.
However, after exposure to heat, sunlight, and moisture through the years, the asphalt material from which the roof is constructed starts to break down. As this breakdown happens, areas of the roof's surface start to sag, causing the collection of water.
2. Speeds Up Breakdown of Roofing Material
Pools of water on your business building's flat roof doesn't only show you where the existing damage has already occurred. It also shows you where your roof is at the greatest risk of further breakdown.
Since the water does not flow off of the surface of the roof and evaporates slower when it collects, the moisture goes to work to deteriorate the already-compromised asphalt. If the current damage is not repaired, the pools of water will continue to break down the roof's material at a much faster rate than the rest.
3. Increases Chances of Leaks
As the roof's surface continues to deteriorate under the pools of water, the chance of leaks becoming a problem in your building increases. However, deterioration is not the only thing that contributes to the leaks from pools of water.
When water is allowed to remain on your roof, it will find any path of least resistance into which it can flow. If there are any open seams or holes in your roof, it will flow into those areas.
As the water flows into the seams or holes, it will start to eat away at the underlayment and find any openings in it as well. Eventually, you will start to see leaks inside your building as the water starts penetrating the underlayment if you do not have the damage repaired.
If you have noticed one or more pools of water on your business's flat roof, you need to have it checked out before any further damage is done to the material. Contact a commercial roofing company like Moriarty Roofing & Sheet Metal to have them inspect your roof and discuss with you any repairs that need to be made.Share