Five common flat commercial roofing problems

by: Kirsten Land on March 17th, 2015 about Commercial Roofing

Flat commercial roofWe’ve been in the commercial roofing business for more than two decades. We’ve see a lot over the years and know a thing or two about good commercial roof installation and upkeep. To the untrained eye, the process looks simple enough from the ground. But that’s deceptive.

There as much craftsmanship and skill needed to properly care for a flat roof as some of the most interesting looking roofs you see on homes today.

Five of the most common problems we encounter with flat commercial roofing are:

  1. Leaking – Drainage angles are more subtle than a pitched roof.
  2. Poor Installation – Get the angles wrong and there will be trouble.
  3. Lack of Maintenance – Wind, rain, hail, and even time take their toll on the best roofs.
  4. Pooling of Water – Assuming it was property installed, as the roof ages, problem areas can develop.
  5. Improper Repairs – Do it right, or don’t spend the money. Taking an aspirin for a broken bone might relieve the pain a little, but it doesn’t fix the problem.

A challenge for owners of structures with flat commercial roofs is that inspection can be difficult, if not impossible, for the owner. Even when you can make your way to the roof, knowing what to look for can be tricky. Seeing a dry roof, or one without visible dips, does not necessarily indicate a healthy roof.

Some of the things we focus on when looking at commercial flat roofs include:

  • Inspect all rubber plumbing boots and replace as needed.
  • Inspect all attic vents for cracking, flaking and metal rusting.
  • Inspect for animal damage or roof penetration.
  • Inspect shingles for curling, cupping, flaking, tearing, splitting and blistering.
  • Check for buckled roof decking.
  • ...and more.

Regardless of who you hire to replace, repair, or maintain your commercial roof, there are a couple questions you should alway ask.

What is the Certification Process?

Is your contractor certified to put on the type of roof you need? Not every roofer is. It’s important to know your roofer can handle the job well, and that they will stand behind the work.

What is the Warranty Process?

We often think of a warranty as something you pay a little extra money for at check out. A commercial roofing warranty is a little different. You want to make sure the roofer stands behind the work, but you also want to make sure the manufacturer of the product used stands behind their product.

Even though we are certified, we also adhere to an exceptional warranty process. Our manufacturer will come to the job site and inspect the work. Most times, we pass with flying colors. Occasionally though, the inspector will find something that’s not quite right with how the product was installed. When humans are involved, mistakes can be made. We correct the issue immediately and confirm with the inspector that the roof now meets all quality standards. At Land Enterprises Roofing, we stand behind our work from start to finish, and beyond!

With the added inspection (insuring the warranty will be valid) the property owner can rest easy knowing his/her new roof meets the standards required...not only for our manufacturer, but also for the insurance company.

Do you have questions, concerns, or need a certified professional to take a look at your roof? Give us a call today!

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Is your roof ready for spring?

by: Kirsten Land on March 3rd, 2015 about Residential Roofing, Roofing Advice

Spring gutter cleaningMarch is Roof Maintenance Month at Land Enterprises Roofing, and we'd like to offer a few tips for keeping your roof in tip-top shape this Spring and Summer. Regular maintenance not only helps ensure the roofing material manufacturer will honor their warranty, it can also extend the overall life of your roof.

For many of our customers, we provide a roof maintenance service twice a year. The typical schedule is just before winter hits, and as we exit the season. Timing is critical for many reasons.

In the spring, one of the most important things you can do for your roof (and your home) is to clean out your gutters. Gutters that are clogged cause many problems:

  • Landscaping damage due to runoff.
  • Foundation problems due to pooling water.
  • Damage to the gutter system due to the wait of wet debris.
  • Gutters that hold water can also be a breeding ground for mosquitos.

Even if you cleaned the gutters before the winter season arrived, trust us, an inspection is necessary when the cold weather passes. Whether it's the last leaves of the season, toys, or animals (we found a baby copperhead in one customer's gutter), it's good to prepare for the Spring rains.

If you have gutter screens, that's a great way of keeping out the big debris, but they don't guarantee clean and free flowing gutters. A quick visual inspection can let you know if you need to clear off the top of the screens, but we also recommend checking inside the gutters as well. Smaller debris sneaking through the screen can add up over time.

Roof maintenance is about more than just gutters. Winter can send many seen, and unseen, ravages to a roof. We're experts at inspecting and identifying problem areas, so that they can be repaired quickly – before they become bigger problems.

We offer preventative maintenance plans to keep your roof in great shape. Our maintenance plans include:

  • Bi-annual roof inspections
  • Inspect all rubber plumbing boots and replace as needed.
  • Inspect all attic vents for cracking, flaking and metal rusting.
  • Inspect for animal damage or roof penetration.
  • ...and more.

We've written about this recently and invite you to read more about why a roof maintenance plan could save you money.

Give us a call today to see how we can help give you peace of mind, and a roof that's ready for Spring!

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