As a commercial property owner or facility manager, you know that protecting your membrane roofing system against punctures is imperative. If not addressed promptly, your building may become exposed to moisture, resulting in leaks that can damage not only your building’s interior but also your inventory or equipment.
But how does a commercial roof get punctured in the first place? Roofer Chicks®, a leading roof repair company, discusses the main culprits behind this all-too-common problem.
1. Foot Traffic
As service technicians or personnel work on rooftops, the membrane material they step and walk on is subjected to stress. Foot traffic, combined with the impact of items they accidentally drop at times, can easily lead to punctures or tears.
Four-legged animals like squirrels, raccoons, mice and rats love to go on rooftops. They scratch the membrane surface, exposing the underlying roof layers. Birds such as woodpeckers, ravens and crows may peck holes or create nests. The presence of wildlife can expedite roof wear and tear, so be sure to have your commercial roofing system inspected for any signs of animal infestation to preserve the roof’s integrity.
3. Inclement Weather
Severe weather is an obvious culprit behind membrane roof punctures. The impact of dense hailstones and wind-carried debris is enough to tear holes and create small openings on the roof surface. Punctures can also increase the risk for major roof leakage, especially during heavy downpours.
Fortunately, you can avoid roof-puncture problems through regular maintenance. Schedule your inspections at least twice a year to protect your investment. If there are nearby trees, cut the branches before they extend and touch the surface of your commercial roof. Consider installing walkway pads on areas that are prone to heavy foot traffic.
For your commercial and residential roofing needs, turn to Roofer Chicks®. We offer scheduled roof maintenance programs that can greatly extend the life of your investment for only a fraction of the replacement costs. Call (830) 627-7663 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve businesses and homeowners in and around New Braunfels, TX.