A guide to help you get your commercial roof repaired or replaced quickly and effectively!!!
POINT NO 1 ABOUT COMMERCIAL ROOF REPAIR: Commercial roof repairs will often be imperical – I love that word – it means that if you can only see the results after the repairs are done. ie… there may be several issues going on, and it is impossible to determine which area the leaks are coming from.
WHAT MAKES COMMERCIAL ROOFS LEAK?: OK HERE’S THE LIST
1. DRAINS (possible clogs):
pretty straight fwd fix.
2. PARAPET WALLS (BOTH CAPS AND INTERFACE OF WALL TO FIELD:
bad lap at corner, bad pig-ear at corner interface. Just a bad
parapet wall over all.
3. FAILED LAPS (in TPO roof EPDM roof and Built-up or Modified Roofs
The first picture below looks to be repairable, – a TOP COAT may make sense for the entire roofing membrane. The second picture is not a repairable commercial roof and will need to be torn off and replaced.
4. FAILED CURBS (FOR HVAC, BLOWERS, AND MECHANICAL)
— Lap sealant and tar can only go so far. LOL
5. FAILED EDGE FLASHING ON COMMERCIAL ROOF
May have to weld, re lap, or re seal all
of the edges all around the property.
6. FAILED DECKING
Pretty strong example of how the weight from rain or snow can bend the deck of a roof.
In my opinion the entire roof, and deck of the roof needs to come off. Hat channel purlins need to be placed between joists and new deck needs to be replaced, along with a new roof membrane. VERY EXPENSIVE JOB
COMMERCIAL ROOF REPAIRS – are not cheap. The materials are all very expensive. Good luck with using your brother in law and a $20 roll of felt.
IN MANY CASES – It will just make sense to possibly consider a top coat paintable membrane. I love this product personally. Is not cheap, but goes on very easy and is as straight over existing material type product.
IN OTHER CASES – roof over the old roofs. Use a new material with a new base to go over the existing roofing materials.
YES WE DO NEW COMMERCIAL ROOFS TOO – we do rubber roofing EPDM, and thermoplastic roofing TPO. Both great materials. They come in several different thicknesses, depending on the duration’s that an owner wants to spec out for their roofing system.
And YEP, we can fix your roof or repair it, so give Litespeed Construction, Asheville’s premier roofing contractor a call at 828-505-6051.