We’re all aware of the damage water can cause to a roof or structure of a building, but how can you avoid it when you have a commercial flat roof? The last thing you want is thousands of dollars in repairs caused by the roof leaking, or an employee reporting to OSHA because of the growth of mold, a health hazard. Not to worry, our Atlanta roof contractors have a few suggestions that will ease your mind.
Have your gutters and downspouts inspected. We never recommend anyone go on the roof, however it’s important to have experienced commercial roof contractors ensure your gutters and downspouts are flowing freely and not damaged or clogged with sticks, leaves or other debris. Efficient flow ensures you flat roof is draining as it should.
While a flat roof isn’t actually completely flat, it’s important to maintain internal drains. Flat roofs do have a slight slope, but they tend to collect more water, melting snow or ice, or other debris than roofs with steep slopes. Located sporadically on the surface of your roof, internal drains should be assessed on a regular basis to ensure they’re free of damage and clogs.
Pay attentions to scuppers, which remove water via the downspouts. Scuppers drive water from the edge of the roof to help protect against water damage, however they can also be affected by blockages such as debris. It’s vital to inspect your flat roof regularly to ensure that debris such as dirt, sticks, leaves, etc. aren’t affecting the performance of the scuppers.
Many business owners in Atlanta are concerned about the performance of a flat commercial roof, and rightfully so. While it’s natural to imagine ponding on roofs that have a very slight slope, there are components of the roofing system that work to remove water so that the integrity of your roof and building are preserved. If you suspect leaks or that debris such as leaves or sticks are preventing the flow of water, contact our Atlanta commercial roofing professionals today.