Sarasota & Bradenton’s Commercial Roof Leak Experts
When it comes to commercial roofs, the concern we encounter most often is leaking. Building owners call us with the hope that we will be able to fix their roof leak without needing an entire new roof and many times, we can perform the required repairs without needing to do a total replacement. Our skilled and dedicated team of professional roofers will provide you with a free, no-obligation inspection and estimate for your roof repairs.
It is important to understand that if your roof is leaking, it has likely been damaged for a while and could be causing extensive damage that you can’t see. At this point, it’s crucial to address the damage right away in order to stop it from becoming too serious to be fixed.
AKVM’s commercial roofers have amassed a stellar reputation for being Sarasota and Bradenton’s trusted roofing contractors. Our professional services range from consultatory inspections and estimates to repairs of all kinds and sizes to full roof replacements. We have the experience and expertise that building owners seek when it comes to getting the job done right the first time.
Why Is My Roof Leaking?
A roof leak can occur for a number of reasons, any time, to varying degrees. Here are just a few of the most common causes:
Improper drainage Many commercial roofs are flat or low-slope, so any blockage that prevents water from draining can cause pooling or standing water which, when allowed to sit on top of the roof for any amount of time, can cause significant damage. The weight of water (8 ounces weighs roughly a half-pound) adds up quickly on a large commercial roof and can put unnecessary stress on the structure of the building, as well as cause cracks in the roofing membrane, allowing water to seep in.
Weather conditions Your roof should be professionally inspected after a serious storm to check for damage caused by wind, rain, hail, lightning or falling tree limbs. It’s important to have any possible damage located and repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the structure of your building.
Damaged flashing The flashing around the edges of your roof’s membrane, which seals the edges as well as the areas around roof penetrations (chimneys, vents, etc.) can become degraded over time and exposure to climate conditions such as the sun’s UV rays or thermal shock from temperature fluctuations. A damaged or loose flashing can allow water to penetrate the membrane and reach the underlying structure of the building in a short amount of time.
Foot Traffic Excessive walking on the roof on areas other than designated walkways can cause tears, punctures and cracks in the roofing membrane, allowing water to flow freely into the structure. A roof should not be walked on by anyone other than roofers or HVAC technicians, if your HVAC system is located on the roof, and they should walk only on designated reinforced walkways to avoid costly damage.
Age Sometimes, a roof will simply succumb to age. Generally speaking, a roof will last longer if it is properly installed and conscientiously maintained, but all roofs are subject to age-related failure after a certain amount of time.
Structural Damage Caused by Leaks
The problem with a roof leak is less about the leak itself and more about the consequences of the water entering the building. While water is essential for life among plant, humans and animals, it’s detrimental to building materials in many ways, including:
Mold Moisture makes most materials highly attractive to mold spores and other unwelcome growths. It’s easy to be completely oblivious to a small leak, and mold takes the opportunity to grow and spread throughout the innards of a building before being discovered. Mold can have dangerous health effects on a building’s occupants and can create expensive losses for the business in the form of damaged or destroyed goods and equipment, mold removal and structural reconstruction and even the medical care of those affected by the mold’s presence.
Weakened structural integrity A leak that is large enough or goes long enough without being remedied can cause wood rot, soggy drywall, bubbling paint and more. Compromised wall framing, rafters, ceiling joists and more can pose a significant physical safety hazard as well as cost thousands to repair.
Fire hazard How can water cause a fire hazard? Water that finds its way into the electrical components of a building can short the wires and cause a fire. Damage to the property as well as personal injury can be devastating, so it is essential to get regular inspections by a professional roofer.
Elevated energy bills Water that invades the roofing’s insulation can deteriorate the insulation over time, causing heating and cooling systems to work harder and leading to higher energy costs.
Our Roof Repair Services
AKVM’s experienced team of roofers are highly skilled at fixing roof leaks that haven’t developed to the point of no return. You can count on us for:
- Free roof inspection If you suspect that your roofing has been compromised, we’ll come and thoroughly inspect your roof, identify the location and severity of the leak and provide a free, no-obligation estimate for repairs.
- Leak repair Once we determine how severe the leak is, we’ll let you know if it can be repaired. Our roofers are equipped with the expertise and the tools and equipment to perform the necessary repairs and restoration.
- Honest evaluation If a leak has gone unmitigated, structural damage may have started and in that case, you’ll have more than a simple fix to contend with. We’ll always walk you through your options, providing expert and honest evaluations, and we will never try to sell you anything that you don’t need.
- Industry-leading warranty Our roofers are committed to using the industry’s best roofing materials and installing them precisely to the manufacturer’s instructions so that your warranties remain intact. Should you have any problems after installation or repair, we’ll come out and perform an inspection and take necessary action to solve the problem.
Sarasota-Bradenton’s Commercial Roof Repair Experts
AKVM offers a wide range of commercial roofing services, is licensed, bonded and insured and maintains a BBB rating of A+ as well as a 4.9-star rating on Google. Our team is dedicated to providing outstanding commercial roofing services so that you can remain focused on running your business.
Contact us for a free, no-obligation evaluation and estimate today