The Common Misconceptions About Commercial Roofs

The Common Misconceptions About Commercial Roofs

Roofs are one of the most critical parts of any residential or commercial establishment. The roof protects the entirety of the property from the elements, day in and day out. If you are a business owner or in charge of building maintenance, it’s vital to equip yourself with the correct information about your commercial roofing system. In today’s post, your trusted roofing contractor Lask Exterior Solutions debunks commercial roofing myths and misconceptions.  

  1. All commercial roofs are the same. Commercial roofs come in various forms and can be made from different materials. It’s important to take the time to find a roofing system that works best for your location and budget. To easily determine the best type of commercial roofing for your property, do not hesitate to consult roofing and building professionals.

  2. Commercial roofs do not need maintenance. Like any other home feature, roofs require adequate care and maintenance. However, some types of commercial roofs are easier to maintain than others. Consider whether or not you will be able to commit to the maintenance requirements of the roof you’re considering.

  3. The more insulation you have, the better. Insulation is important, but too much insulation can actually be harmful to your roof’s overall functionality. Excess insulation can trap moisture and damage the substrate. Do not forget that a dark, moist environment is perfect for mold and mildew growth. Also, the adhesive used in some commercial roofing systems will decline due to the excess moisture.

  4. You can reuse moist insulation. Insulation is not reusable once it is wet, not just because the excess moisture can cause damage to the roof deck or substrate, but because insulation tends to clump in this state. This is why commercial roofing contractors will recommend complete insulation removal and replacement if roofing water intrusion is detected.

  5. Wrinkles on membrane roofs are not a concern. Don’t underestimate these defects resulting from an installation error by your roofing contractor. Remember that the adhesives used during roof installation should be able to prevent these wrinkles. Should you observe these deformities on your roof, call your local roofing contractor for an inspection. The adhesives may be impaired, meaning trouble for your commercial roof later on.

  6. I can probably skip my inspection this year since it’s a mild winter. Snowfall may be pretty, but can take a toll on your establishment’s roofing system. Too much snow can be a problem. Snow burden can prevent building systems from functioning correctly because snow collection on flat roofs blocks access to crucial features, including your HVAC unit or the plumbing vent.

  7. Covering damaged shingles with new ones can do the trick. Damaged shingles should be replaced by your roofers, not simply covered with new ones. Your shingles are your system’s protective sheets, and their overhangs regulate the temperature entering your home. That said, you have to ensure an accurate installation because an asphalt shingle should have an overhang on the edge of the roof that measures around 1 to 1.5 inches. Should there be an excess, your roof could be torn off easily if there are strong winds.

  8. Working on your roof will disrupt business operations. A skilled commercial roofing contractor will make every effort to ensure that your regular business operations are not affected by the roof work. A well-trained contractor will formulate safety plans and a comprehensive strategy to address your roof to help your business and employees generally operate without worry.

  9. Anyone can install or repair a commercial roof. Professionals do roof-related fixes to avoid improper repairs and overspending. Commercial roofing systems are unique and are often flat, which makes them more complex to install. Instead of putting yourself and your new roof at risk, seek expert assistance. Furthermore, the roof’s warranty is a critical feature of your investment. This document can cover everything from manufacturing defects to the actual process of labor. However, most roofers will cancel your protection if anyone other than certified roofing personnel works on your system.

With years of roofing experience in the Rockford, Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin areas, Lask Exterior Solutions, LLC has established itself as one of the most trusted roofing contractors in the area. We have always assisted each customer with honest guidance throughout our many years of operation before selling them anything. Give us a call at (815) 788-6699 or fill out our convenient online request form to schedule a free consultation and demonstration. We serve our customers in Rockford, IL, and nearby areas.