Good drainage is essential to the efficiency and longevity of commercial roofing systems. Even flat roofs have a slight slope to allow water to shed properly. You’ll know water isn’t draining properly from your flat roof if there’s ponding water present. If this is the case, get a roof inspection immediately and repairs if necessary.
Here’s what can happen when you ignore ponding water on a flat roof.
Compromised Roof Components
Standing water can speed up the deterioration of your flat roof. The roof membrane, coatings and flashing can wear out faster due to prolonged exposure to moisture. Parts of the roof with ponding water can increase temperature, making them more prone to leaks.
Ponding water can act as a magnifying glass, worsening the effects of UV rays on the membrane. It can also damage your roofing insulation, reducing its thermal resistance. When this happens, you might experience discomfort inside the building and see an increase in your energy bills.
Increased Risk of Collapse
Roof installation experts will agree that ponding water can increase the chances of a roof collapse. You don’t want this incident to happen because it can endanger the occupants of the building. It can also cause damage to the equipment you have inside. Ponding water can carry a significant amount of weight that can compromise the structural integrity of your roof.
Organic Growth on the Roof Surface
Dirt, dust, leaves and other debris will inevitably end up on your roof. That’s why you must have it inspected and cleaned regularly. When exposed to moisture, these materials can contribute to organic growth, like plants and fungi, on the surface of the roof.
Avoid these problems by getting regular roof inspections and maintenance from a reliable contractor like De Palma Construction. We also offer high-quality storm damage repair services. Give us a call at (717) 638-1131 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.