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Replacing A Commercial Roof That Leaks

Commercial Roofing Requirements

A leaking roof for a commercial buildings poses significant risks and challenges.
Employees, customers, and stock might be in danger if these leaks are not addressed promptly. Falling roofing material or a collapsing ceiling will cause a health and safety nightmare whilst water can cause damage to inventory, mould growth and electrical damage.

Before Commercial Roofing Norah Heads

This was the situation when AWS Roofing was called into replace the roof at the Norah Sporties Club. The roof had been leaking for several years and numerous attempts at finding the leaks and repairing them had been fruitless
It was finally decided the replacing the roof was the best cost effective solution and there has been no more leaks since this was done.

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Health Hazards from Mould and Mildew

Leaking roofs will experience dampness and mould growth that starts from the ceiling and possibly spreading to walls and other structures.
The water damaged areas combined with mould will weaken the building’s framework, leading to severe structural problems. Moreover, certain types of mould, such as black mould, can cause health issues like respiratory problems and asthma.

Electrical and Fire Hazards

Commercial roofs house electrical wiring and commercial lighting systems.
Water coming in from a leaking roof can cause these wires to short circuit, posing a fire hazard. Immediate action must be taken if ongoing water pooling is detected near electrical wiring or appliances.
An electrician may be required to shut off the power while the source of the water leak is investigated and rectified.

Steps to Address Roof Leaks

A leaking roof requires prompt action as it will save a business from long-term damage. Various solutions can be explored based on the extent of the damage:

  • Localised Repairs: For an obvious problem such as a broken tile, a simple repair might suffice. This can include cleaning the area, replacing wet insulation, cutting out damaged ceiling areas, and swapping out damaged roof tiles.
  • Blocked gutters and downpipes: If the building has blocked gutters or downpipes, the water has no where to go and it will back up and overflow till it finds an escape route and this is often into the building. Keeping gutters clean and clear will prent this from happening.
  • Roof Replacement: For older roofs or more extensive damage, replacing the entire roof might be necessary. This process involves removing old materials, assessing any underlying damage, and installing new roofing materials.
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Benefits of Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is gaining in popularity for new commercial builds and re roofing existing commercial buildings
Not only is metal roofing faster to install than tiles, it is also durable, energy-efficient, and eco-friendly.
Being lightweight, it is not going to add additional weight to a building and you do not have to factor in additional structural support when re roofing an older building.
Using a lightweight roofing material will save expenses if a building requires structural reinforcements if tiles are being used or replaced.

Replacing a metal roofing for a factory can have additional lighting panels installed. It is an instant way to provide extra light for staff and customers and it can lead to a saving on your power bill with less lighting required.
See how we provided additional light to this commercial roof in Morisset.

Get in touch with the team at AWS Roofing and we can get your commercial roofing sorted quickly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Common Causes of Leaks in Commercial Roofs

Leaks in commercial roofs often occur due to various factors. These can include poor installation, weather damage, and aging materials.
Other reasons might be blocked stormwater drains, improper sealing at seams or joints, and mechanical damage from rooftop equipment.

Preventing Leaks in Flat Roofs Through Routine Maintenance

Regular maintenance is key to preventing leaks in flat roofs. This includes clearing debris from drains and gutters, inspecting for cracks or blisters, and ensuring flashing is in good condition. Timely repairs of any identified issues can save significant costs by avoiding extensive damage.

Impact of Weather Conditions on the Roof Repair Process

Weather plays a significant role in roof repair. Rain or extreme cold can hinder repair work, making it challenging to apply materials correctly.
Extreme heat can cause some materials to cure too quickly or not adhere properly.
Scheduling roofing repairs during favourable weather conditions is essential for successful roof maintenance work.

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