Roof problems, be them small or big, are always troublesome and can cost an arm and a leg when left unrepaired. We have compiled a list of common problems that can occur to Atlanta roofs which can shorten its service life.
Leaks and Damage
No matter what type of roof you are using, if you have leaks then that spells disaster. Once water enters your building it can destroy the content of the building or damage the inventory that can result in loss of revenue and considerable expense to you as the owner. There are many possible reasons as to why you have roof leaks; it could be brought on by installing laps against the natural flow of water, it could be because the flashing details were not installed properly or the adhesives not applied correctly, or it could be due to physical damage or thermal shock. There are other causes of leaks but what is important is that you contact an Atlanta roofing contractor for a regular roof inspection and allow them to perform any maintenance to curtail your leak problem.
Incorrect flashing installation, open seams and inadequate adhesion not only causes leaks but also results in less puncture protection, roof tenting, billowing and blow-offs. This roof problem can be prevented by hiring an experienced Atlanta roofing company who can engineer a roofing system that is not just adequate but can specifically address wind uplift in your area to diminish any performance issues.
An unsatisfactory roof installation greatly increases the chances of problems and lessens the roofs life span. Shoddy workmanship is one of the main causes of roof problems, but this can be avoided by using a reliable and competent Atlanta roofing contractor. Before hiring a contractor make sure to do a background check, see their business permits, get a list of clients that they have worked with, or search for any online reviews about the company to have an idea how satisfactory their work is.
As the saying goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” applies when it comes to roofs. It pays to get your roof routinely inspected and maintained to protect its life and integrity. A qualified and highly skilled roofing professional should check your roof once or twice a year to see if your roof is in good condition. Your roofing contractor should also take pictures of different areas of your roof and provide a documented report to ensure that your roof warranty will be maintained.
Incidental ponding water (rainwater that is collected in a small pool on top of the roof) is another common problem with all types of roof especially flat or low-sloped roof since it is harder for gravity to get rid of water. On the other hand, a properly designed and correctly installed flat or low-sloped roof will not have this problem with the use of tapered insulation and other design choices that will keep water from staying on the roof after rain. In the event there is already an incidental ponding water, the cause of the problem should be addressed prior to getting the roof fixed.
Installation of hot bituminous and torch-applied bit systems necessitates a rigid standard for safety procedures. Asphalts that are overheated can cause burns and fires, so fire extinguishers must be present and handy at all times. Furthermore, outside air intakes must be covered in roofing areas during the installation of cold-applied mod bit system as the smell emitted can cause discomfort and possible illness to building occupants.
The use of inappropriate or wrong products to seal or patch the roof can do more harm than good because it can damage the membranes and in turn reduce the life expectancy of the roof system. It is imperative to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper use to avoid more problem, if not you may find yourself spending more on repair because you want to use cheaper materials that is not intended for your roof.