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Common Issues Caused by Leaks in Your Commercial Roof

Your roof is a critical part of your commercial building. If your commercial roof is compromised in any way, it can lead to exponential costs and headaches in the future. Whether you own your business location, an apartment complex, or office building, understanding potential issues is critical. Learn more about these common issues caused by a leaking roof.

Mold Growth

The first thing that will happen when a roof leaks is that water will enter your roofline and begin to soak into interior elements. Very quickly, this will cause mold growth. Mold only needs a few basic features in order to start growing in your building:

  • Moisture
  • Heat
  • A food source

Some common food sources for mold are drywall and carpeting, but mold and mildew can grow on the grout of a bathroom floor, on your insulation, and even on the wood frame of your building.

Rotting Wood

As mold grows and moisture soaks into your wood support beams, it could reduce the strength of your entire support structure. Over time, it could create a dangerous situation. From a sagging roof line to a complete collapse of your commercial roof, it’s best to prevent water damage before your framing begins to rot.

Compromised Insulation

Finally, a leak in your roof could cause your insulation to become wet. Most buildings are insulated with fiberglass insulation. This insulating material uses air pockets between the fibers to create a heat barrier. When exposed to water, fiberglass insulation will become heavy and crumple. Not only will this reduce its insulating properties, it could add significant weight to your commercial ceiling, creating a dangerous situation.

Don’t let a lack of maintenance or prompt repairs compromise your roof. Contact Andrews Roofing today to have your commercial roof inspected, repaired, or replaced. Protect your investment and ensure a reliable water barrier for years to come by calling 757-296-0553 or emailing us today!

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Avoid These DIY Roofing Hazards

DIY projects are all the rage, and some can certainly save homeowners a significant amount of money. However, residential roofing is an area that’s best left to the professionals. If you’re considering repairing or replacing your own roof, here are some common hazards that might make you reconsider a project of this scope.

Leaking Roof

Improper installation of roofing elements can create an ineffective roof. While nailing asphalt shingles may look straightforward, you’ll need to carefully install underlayment and flashing in order to create a leak-free roof. It’s very easy to create gaps, holes, and other imperfections that can create major headaches later on as your roof begins to leak.

Personal Injury

Perhaps the biggest hazard when tackling DIY roofing is personal injury. There are a number of dangerous situations you may get yourself into. Here are just a few ways that you could be injured while attempting to work on your own roof:

  • Improper use of tools
  • Falling through weak points in your roof
  • Losing awareness of your roof edge
  • Slipping on a steep roof pitch

Many of these issues are particularly dangerous if you have a two-story house. Even proper personal protective equipment doesn’t offer adequate protection for falls, improper use of nail guns, and other hazards.

Additional Expenses

In the end, many homeowners find they actually invest more in a DIY roofing project. From the significant time devoted to the added materials required to fix any mistakes, you may have more invested than a straight-forward professional project. Spend your weekends and evenings relaxing or working on another, more manageable home improvement project.

If you need to replace your roof, don’t risk your time, money, and personal health attempting a DIY solution. Contact Andrews Roofing today to receive a quote. Discover how safely and affordably you can enjoy a professional roof replacement and avoid the time, effort and risk of a DIY project. Call 757-296-0553 or email us today!

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3 Signs You Should Give Your Roof Some Attention Today

The roof on your commercial building is protecting a huge investment. Whether you run a business from your building or lease the space to other business owners, you need it to stay in good shape. Do you know what signs indicate that the roof needs immediate attention? The following are three to get you started.

  1. Leaks

Some leaks are sneaky, and others are quite noticeable. Some things to look for are stained walls, both inside and outside the building. You may notice streaks that seem to begin at the roofline and work their way down. You may also notice stains on the ceiling, indicating there is pooling water that is beginning to seep through. Stains often point out a smaller leak.

Another sign you have a leak, is actual water flowing from the ceiling inside or the soffit outside. This could indicate a more serious leak, making it more important that you have it inspected immediately.

  1. Poor Workmanship

Whether the roof was installed improperly to begin with, or you’ve had some poor repairs done, your commercial roof won’t be efficient unless it is in good repair. It’s important that you hire the professionals who have the right tools and products to get the job done right. If your roof is in disrepair at all, it’s time to call in a commercial roofer.

  1. Standing Water

There are many commercial buildings with flat roofs. If yours is one of those, be sure you periodically check for standing water. This could occur because the materials weren’t installed correctly, or the building has structural damage of some sort. It could also be due to clogged drains. Ponding water will create further damage, so it’s important to get it taken care of right away.

Contact a Commercial Roofer Today

If you’ve noticed leaks, poor workmanship, or standing water on your commercial roof, seek immediate attention. Contact Andrews Roofing by calling 757-296-0553 or sending us an email today, to find out what you need to do next.

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How To Deal With Water Stains on Your Roof

When the outside becomes treacherous, a solid roof is your first line of defense against the elements. You can imagine how disheartening it is when the protective covering of your home starts to change in appearance—a clear indicator that your roof is feeling the impact of inclement weather over time. Water is among the most common causes of aging in a roof, leaving unsightly moisture stains that threaten to compromise the security of your house if left untreated. Consider the color of water stains and extent of damage when coming up with a solution for your roof.

Black or Green Roof Stains

Black or green water stains on your roof indicate growing organisms, such as algae or moss. The presence of constant moisture and sunlight makes for a delicious and cozy harvesting area for such microscopic tenants. They can lock in unwanted dampness or invite other, larger creatures to wreak havoc on the top of your house. Power-spraying or scrubbing the problem on your own is possible, but likely to cause further, irreparable damage.

White or Yellow Roof Stains

White or yellow discoloration on your roof suggests hard-water buildup from an air conditioner or evaporative cooler. This type of staining often occurs on lower areas roof beneath cooling units and sticks out like a sore thumb. Similar to algae-type staining, attempting to scrub or power-wash will probably make things worse. Rather, you can try fading the damage with a vinegar solution, which works to gradually dull mild stains without risk to the plants or animals around your home. Be careful of any harsher home remedies, as they can become dangerous if mishandled.

When in doubt, professional roofing companies are better equipped to eradicate roofing stains with special chemicals, sealers or new repellent shingles when necessary. Expert solutions work quicker and last longer, saving you the hazardous trip up the ladder. Call Andrew’s Roofing at 757-296-2897 or use our contact page for more information.

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