HOW TO RESTORE YOUR LEAKY COMMERCIAL ROOF
Learn How to Apply Sealant and Coating to Repair Industrial Roof Leaks and Protect them from the Elements
Because of its exposure to the elements, the roof is the most important—and most vulnerable—part of a building. Wind and rain, ice and snow, U.V., extreme heat or cold can all take their toll on roofs and cause leaks or other failures. Many building owners and managers assume that their best option to fix a leaky roof is to replace it altogether, but this is not always the case. In many circumstances, simpler, less expensive restoration processes can repair roof damage while strengthening the roof against future damage.
In this article, we’ll discuss the kinds of conditions that can cause roof damage, the comparative advantages of roof restoration or replacement, when to restore your roof, and the best sealant and coating products for restoring a damaged roof.
YOUR ROOF AGAINST THE ELEMENTS
There are a number of environmental conditions that can cause wear or damage to industrial roofs. Each presents its own challenges.
Wind. Especially in places prone to high wind gusts or extreme weather events like tornadoes or hurricanes, wind can cause gradual or immediate damage to an industrial roof. High winds can weaken seams and fasteners and flying debris can cause direct structural damage to the roof.
Rain, Hail, and Snow. Environmental precipitation can wear on a roof in a number of ways. Rainfall can degrade roofing materials, while hail can dent metal roofs and cause other direct structural damage to other roof types; heavy snowfall accumulation can stress and weaken a roof and roof connections.
U.V. Ultraviolet radiation comes in its most intense natural form from the sun. U.V. rays, particularly those known as the “B” wavelengths are responsible for anything from skin cancers to the breakdown of most materials, unless protected. Original protections wear away, requiring the restoration of protection to prevent damages and ultimate destruction of more vulnerable materials such as those used in construction.
Heat. Over time, exposure to high temperatures cause stress to roofing materials, causing them to weaken and become more vulnerable.
Freeze/Thaw Cycles. Even small amounts of moisture can infiltrate the seams in a roof, and as that moisture expands and contracts with typical changes in weather and temperature, it can cause them to widen and weaken seams of all roofs and fasteners of metal that keep them tight, causing leaks, greater damages to underlying materials, and further exposure to the elements.