The Value of Longevity in the Commercial Roofing Industry

Finding a commercial roofing contractor can be overwhelming. As you prepare to make a substantial investment in your building, you want to make sure you choose the right company. But with so many choices, how do you make the best decision? We view longevity as one of the most valuable assets for a commercial roofing company. Let’s take a look at what makes longevity such a critical element. 

Why Longevity is Important in the Commercial Roofing Industry

Extensive Industry Knowledge

In any industry, years of experience lead to a more knowledgeable team. Commercial roofing companies are no different. Those that have been in business for years have worked on countless projects and have learned from each one. Longevity allows roofing companies to develop extensive knowledge that they can use to better serve their customers.

Fine-Tuned Processes

Years of work and fine-tuning a company’s operations leads to better safety, customer service, and overall project efficiency. Companies that have completed a large number of projects over several years have found the most efficient way to carry out their work.

Proven Track Record

With years of work comes years of loyal customers and completed projects that can speak to a roofing contractor’s value. It’s crucial to look for a company with a comprehensive background of work. Longevity allows a roofing company to build an extensive record of work and customer recommendations.

Commitment to Employees and Customers

A roofing company that shows up for its people year after year demonstrates integrity. Look to well-established roofing contractors that emphasize their commitment to people, employees and customers alike. Companies that have withstood the test of time are those that have taken care of their employees and while providing great customer service, because it’s people who make a company truly great.

Higher Quality Products and Services

New roofing companies hoping to land the sale will often offer discounted prices and, with that, cheaper-quality products. Companies with longstanding reputations are focused on offering customers quality service that will keep their roofs lasting as long as possible. 

Through decades of working in the commercial roofing industry, Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. has learned a valuable lesson about business: trust and reputation are earned over time. To be competitive in the industry, roofing companies must show time and time again that they can finish a job on schedule with quality workmanship.  

Contact Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. today to begin planning your next commercial roofing project.

The Top Misconceptions About Commercial Roofing Construction

When it comes to commercial roofing, there can be a lot of confusing information out there. Since commercial roofs are often complicated to construct and maintain, it’s easy for bad roofing companies to keep their clients in the dark so they can cut corners or over charge.

Here are a few common misconceptions about commercial roofing construction to help you know what to look for when searching for the best company for the job:

The cheapest option is the best option.

Commercial roofs are expensive, and it can be tempting to choose the cheapest option. It’s just a roof, right? The problem with this line of thinking is that inexpensive could mean that you’re sacrificing quality or that important items are missing from the scope that will end up needing to be added during the job, resulting in a change order. 

Instead of just looking at the price when comparing quotes for a roofing job, be sure to look at a roofing company’s reputation. Reputable roofing companies with many years in business have gotten to that point because they do their jobs well and fairly price their work.

More is better.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the more you put into a roof, the better it will be. But, it’s not just the quantity of material that makes a roof durable, it’s finding someone with the technical know-how to use roofing materials properly. A prime example of this fallacy is with insulation. Many people think that the more insulation stacked onto a roof, the better and more energy-efficient it will be. In fact, too much insulation can actually damage a roof. Excess insulation can trap moisture, which can attract mold and eventually cause leaks. Only professional roofers know the right way to use roofing materials.

If it doesn’t seem broken, don’t fix it.

If your roof doesn’t have a leak or a visible hole, then you may think it isn’t in need of a repair. Unfortunately, commercial roofs can have many hidden problems that aren’t easily visible to the naked eye. Hidden moisture can cause damage to a roof’s substrate over time, which can eventually lead to more obvious and expensive damage.

The best way to prevent major roof damage is to put a maintenance plan into place as soon as a commercial roof is installed. Preventative maintenance and inspections can catch small signs of damage early when they are much easier and cheaper to fix. Just because your roof isn’t leaking doesn’t mean it can’t use some care.

All commercial roofs are the same.

Few people realize how complex commercial roofs can be and think they all function the same way. There are many different materials and designs that a commercial roof can adhere to, and a good roofer will be able to walk their clients through all the options. 

Any maintenance worker can handle a commercial roof.

Your handyman or contractor may be great at his or her job, but roof construction and maintenance requires specialized skills. Using anyone other than a trained roofer on a commercial roof is a recipe for disaster. 

Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. prides itself on customer service as much as construction expertise. When you choose the Maxwell team, you can be sure you’ll always have correct and up-to-date information about your roof. To learn more, contact us today.

The Importance of Reporting During Roofing Maintenance

Everyone knows that making a commercial roof last requires persistent maintenance and regular inspections. But, equally as important as the roof work itself are the reports that come from those inspections. Facility managers often overlook quality reporting as a desired quality in a roofing company. 

Here are a few reasons why you should care not just about maintenance but also about the reports that commercial roof inspections yield:

  • Proof and Understanding—Inspection reports provide detailed proof about what is happening on a roof. Top-notch inspection reports will include imaging—that may be photos, infrared moisture images, or drone footage—to show exactly why a roof needs repair. The best inspectors will walk building owners and property managers through exactly what the report says and explain why a problem needs fixing. The best roofers understand that not everyone understands how a commercial roof works, and they will ensure that their customers understand why they should spend money on this important part of their building’s structure. 
  • Preparation for the Future—Forecast assessments are used to determine a roof’s condition and predict what sort of maintenance and repairs will be required in the future. This type of assessment allows property managers to plan ahead and budget for roofing expenses instead of being caught off guard by an accident or emergency. These assessments are useless without a quality report that lays out a maintenance schedule and estimates a cost for future repairs.
  • Managing Warranties—All quality roof systems have warranties, but getting them fulfilled often requires a lot of work. A manufacturer is not simply going to hand out a refund. Instead, they will want proof and a report of an inspection. Professional roofing companies keep their employees up-to-date on warranties and ensure that inspectors are aware of the implications of their reports. A poorly done inspection report could cost your company thousands in a lost warranty.
  • Juggling Multiple Properties—Worrying about a commercial roof can be stressful, and property management companies often have dozens of roof maintenance schedules floating around on their calendars. Roof management programs like Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.’s MAXCare® allow property management firms the ability to track all of their roofs in one online portal. Maxwell’s industry-leading reporting is at the center of MAXCare, informing all the maintenance schedules and budget planning.

Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.’s roofers aren’t just trained to conduct thorough inspections, but they also learn how to make the best reports in the business. This is why Maxwell is consistently considered an industry leader in reporting. To learn more about what Maxwell can do for managing your commercial roof, contact us today.

How to Avoid Ice Damage on a Commercial Roof

Considering it’s only frozen water, ice is surprisingly adept at causing damage to a commercial roof. Left unprotected, a roof can emerge from winter much worse off than it was going in. Here’s some helpful information regarding what ice can do to a commercial roof and what to do to prevent damage.

Ice Damage to Commercial Roofs

When it gets cold, any water that is already on a roof may freeze and expand. This ice can block drains, buckle flashings, and expand gaps in the roof. Storms can also dump ice directly onto a roof. The weight of this ice can stress roof structures and, in some cases, even cause collapse. Even small amounts of ice will eventually melt, possibly causing water damage.

One of the most common problems is an ice dam on a roof. Ice dams occur when commercial roof ice melts and flows to the edge of a commercial roof. When this water re-freezes, it creates a wall, or dam, that can prevent future ice melt from leaving the roof. 

Preventing Ice Damage

Preventing ice damage on a commercial roof begins before winter even starts with an inspection in the fall. During this inspection, a roofer will examine the roof for moisture that may later freeze into ice. The inspector will also identify any clogs or blockages that will prevent ice melt from leaving the roof. For some roofs, the inspector may recommend a commercial roof ice system, known as an ice shield or ice guard.

Once winter is underway, some roofs may require regular de-icing. Chemical de-icers can prevent ice buildup during a storm and help clear a roof before ice buildup becomes a problem. It’s important to make sure that any chemicals used on the roof won’t damage the building materials and also comply with local environmental regulations.

Commercial Roof Ice Systems

Roof ice shields or ice guards are a protective coating that sits on top of a commercial roof deck. The membrane protects the roof from leaks as the ice melts. Once ice has melted, the water that doesn’t leave the roof will leak down to the ice guard, which will catch it and direct it toward the gutters. Installing this type of system in problem areas prevents standing water on a roof and ensures that ice doesn’t accumulate.

To learn more about how to protect your commercial roof from ice and snow, contact Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. today.

Client Spotlight: Colliers International | Huntsville

Accelerating Client Success with Seamless Services to Investors, Property Owners, Tenants, & Developers

Colliers International is a commercial real estate services organization with more than 400 offices across the world. The company got its start in Alabama in 2007 when father and son team Joe Sandner III and Joe Sandner IV created Sandner Commercial Real Estate, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama. The firm quickly became one of the city’s leading commercial real estate companies and then joined Colliers International in 2012 as an independently owned affiliate.

In 2013, Colliers International began investing in Huntsville, acquiring 2.1 million square feet of office space in the city. After merging with a local Huntsville real estate firm, Colliers formed Colliers International | Alabama, opening three offices and employing 47 people. The firm employs specialists in local real estate who know their communities and local industries. Colliers International provides services from brokerage sales and leasing to investment services, project and real estate management. 

“Our clients depend on our ability to draw on years of direct experience in the local market,” says Alison Waddell, Director of Operations for Colliers International in Alabama. She adds, “Our professionals know their communities and the industry inside and out.” 

The Opportunity 

Colliers International enlisted the services of Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. in 2013, making the company a preferred roofing vendor for all of its Alabama properties. Colliers uses Maxwell for roof repairs, assessments, and replacements and is enrolled in Maxwell’s roof management program, MAXCare, for several of its properties.

According to Waddell, Maxwell has been dependable, responsive, and professional on the job. She says, “We have not had any complaints from our tenants or building engineers since we started using Maxwell.”

The Solution

Because Colliers owns so many different types of properties, their roofing needs vary. Still, Colliers has found that Maxwell’s quality work translates from job to job. “They are always willing to work within our building owner’s budget to prolong the life of the roof until a replacement can be afforded,” says Waddell.

Beyond the actual roof work, Waddell says that it is Maxwell’s service that sets them apart from other roofing companies. The communication between Maxwell’s account managers and technicians with the property manager has helped make managing their properties easier. Says Waddell about Maxwell Roofing, “Try them. You won’t be disappointed.”

How Rooftop HVAC Systems Can Affect Your Roof

Commercial rooftop HVAC units have many advantages and are a common choice for many building owners. Choosing a rooftop HVAC unit can help keep the machinery safe and makes it more versatile for changes later, but rooftop HVAC units can have a big effect on the roof structure itself. 

When considering commercial rooftop HVAC prices, facility managers should factor in the additional maintenance a roof will need to support one. 

Ways Rooftop HVAC Units Impact Roofs

  • Condensation: HVACS are heavy duty machines, and when they run they can cause condensation and sometimes steam. Moisture is the biggest enemy to a solid roof structure. Over time moisture can erode the roof’s membrane or cause leaks. Ponding on a roof can also cause mold. 

Moisture should vaporize while still inside of an HVAC unit, but sometimes malfunctions can lead to leaking. Many roofs with HVACs have special areas to trap and retain moisture, but it’s also important to regularly inspect roofs with HVAC equipment to ensure that there aren’t any pooling or build up in condensation. 

  • Roof strain: Not every roof can support a heavy HVAC unit. Roofs need to be specially designed to ensure the structure is strong enough to support HVACs. Typically, HVAC units are planned out and installed while a roof is under construction in order to accommodate the added weight. Some building owners may want to add more HVAC units after the roof is already done. It’s absolutely essential that a roofer be consulted during this process to help design the area where the new units will be placed.
  • Wind lift: HVAC units are heavy, but that doesn’t mean they are immovable. Strong winds and storms can shift or lift units out of place, damaging the roof and creating a dangerous situation for people inside and outside the building. Workers who install HVACs know how to properly secure their systems, but they may not know what impact that will have on the roof underneath it. 

Roofers need to be consulted about the fasteners used for HVAC systems to ensure they don’t pull on the roof and damage the structure underneath it. Even slight movements in heavy HVAC equipment can cause major damage over time. Making sure all curbs, flashings, and sealants have been properly installed is the only way to guarantee your roof is protected. 

  • Negligent technicians: Having a rooftop HVAC unit means inviting technicians onto your roof for maintenance and repairs. These HVAC technicians will not be specialized in roof care and may cause damage without realizing it. Keeping up with regular inspections can help identify damage that negligent technicians may have overlooked. 

At Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, we have worked for decades with different HVAC technicians and systems to ensure that both the roof and the equipment can function properly. Contact us today to learn more about what Maxwell can do for your rooftop HVAC unit.

Common Questions About Commercial Roof Construction

Commercial roof construction can be intimidating for a business that hasn’t dealt with a major project on their building before. The process naturally brings up many questions. What happens if the roof isn’t well-made? How do you know if you’re getting the best deal? What does it mean for the future of your business? 

Here are the answers to some of the most common commercial roof construction questions so you know what to expect with your new project.

1. How much is this going to cost?

There’s no easy answer to this. It depends on a whole variety of things, like the size of the roof, the materials used, and whether you’re tearing down to the deck and installing new (roof replacement) or putting a second roof on an existing system (recover). There is no “typical commercial roof construction,” as it varies from project to project. 

The good news is that companies like Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. can help building managers be proactive in planning and budgeting for their future roofing needs. For new roofs, Maxwell can help find a solution that fits a full range of budgets.

2. Can commercial roof construction help save money?

Depending on the project, your roof may qualify for some tax incentives. This is especially true for roofs that provide energy efficiency improvements, but it also applies to other commercial roof construction types.

3. Will I need to close my business?

Probably not. Most commercial roof construction projects won’t force a business to close, but you should inform your clients or tenants and make sure they are aware of any areas that may be hazardous during construction.

4. Should I be concerned about workers on my roof?

Roof construction can be dangerous, but reputable companies provide training and take precautions. It’s important to find a roofing company with the proper licensing, bonding, and insurance, so that your company is not liable for anything that might happen during construction.

5. What are the commercial roof construction types?

The materials available for commercial roofs are endless—everything from metal to bitumen to membranes. Some commercial roofing projects may even involve green roofing, which involves putting vegetation on the rooftop. A good roofing company will be able to work within any reasonable budget to find the right material.

6. Will my roof have a warranty?

Typically, roofing systems come with a warranty from the manufacturer. The trick is finding a roofing company that knows how to properly install that system and can monitor it for flaws that would trigger the warranty. Even the best warranties are useless if you don’t know how to take advantage of them.

7. Will my new roof need maintenance?

All roofs—old and new—need maintenance to help them last longer and function properly. The best way to make sure you get the best possible return on investment on your roof is to start a maintenance plan immediately. 

If you’re getting a new commercial roof or re-roof, you likely have many other questions. A good roofing contractor like Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. will make sure that a customer service representative walks you through everything from costs to the commercial roof construction terms you should know. 

To get the answers to all your commercial roofing questions contact Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal today.

A Beginner’s Guide to Roof Recover Systems

It can’t be said enough: preventative maintenance is the best way to protect a commercial roof and make it last longer. Most major roof repairs can be prevented by following this important guide, but if you’ve lapsed on your maintenance or inherited roof problems after buying a building you may need to consider a roof recovery.

A roof recovery system uses a new membrane over the existing roof. These systems can be installed on roofs with damage, but only if the structural integrity of the roof deck is still sound. For many leaks and other types of damage, roof recovery may be the best option, but there are some things anyone considering a major change to their roof should know about.

Roof recovery systems are more affordable:

Reroofing requires stripping every part of the existing roof down. You have to tear off the insulation, membrane, and flashing all the way down to the roof deck. This is a time-consuming and expensive process. Because roof recovery systems also use the existing insulation and other roof materials, there is less to replace, making it more cost-effective.

Roof recovery systems are considered more environmentally friendly:

By reusing the existing roof materials, less new raw materials go into roof recovery. This isn’t just good for your wallet, but it’s also beneficial for the environment.

The age and amount of damage can limit the effectiveness of a roof recovery system:

Roof recovery systems are cheaper than a reroof, but they aren’t inexpensive. If a roof is already reaching the end of its life or has significant damage, it may be worth the extra money to just get a new roof that will last longer. Though this costs more up-front, it may save money in the long run.

Excessive moisture can make a recovery unviable:

While many types of damage can be papered over with a roof recovery, extreme moisture intrusion cannot. If the insulation or roof structure has gotten wet, putting a new roof over the existing one will only exacerbate the problem. It’s possible to remove moisture from some parts of the roof and replace wet insulation, but it’s important for roofers to use thermal detection to attempt to discover how much of the roof insulation is contaminated. If too much of the roof is wet, it may be more cost-effective to replace the roof. 

Consider the roof deck:

Without pulling up the existing roof, it’s impossible to adequately examine the condition of the roof deck. A damaged roof deck will eventually mean that the roof needs to be replaced and can render a roof recovery system ineffective. If there is reason to believe that the roof deck has been damaged, it may be necessary to replace the roof. 

Only a roofer can determine if a recovery is appropriate:

The best way to understand if your roof is best suited for a recovery or a replacement is to consult a reputable roofing company. Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. has decades of experience in both roof recoveries and replacements. To find out more, contact us today.

4 Ways Architecture Can Affect Commercial Roofing

As the chief designer of a building, an architect’s decisions affect every part of a building, including the roof. While the architect is responsible for the overall building, they will usually hire a consultant to ensure that the building’s architecture works together with the roof’s design. Here are a few ways that roofing architecture can affect the function and design of a commercial roof.

1. The building envelope.

Roofs play an important role in waterproofing and weather-proofing a building. The protective membrane that roofs use to keep the inside of a building safe is known as the building envelope. Architecture and design of a building can change the types of membranes and protective coverings that can be used on a roof, which in turn can affect how well the roof functions as the building’s most important protective service. Architects often rely on roofing consultants to help ensure that the building envelope can be optimized to work well with the design and still prevent leaks.

2. Weather ready design.

Different climates and weather patterns determine roof needs. Buildings in places with hurricanes or heavy rain and snow need roof designs that protect it from those weather events. Architects may opt for certain roofing materials or vary the pitch of a roof to deal with these weather phenomenons. The building’s architecture will affect the way the roof is designed, but architects should consult a roof technician to ensure that the roof design will be able to fend off the weather.

3. Green design.

The roof is one of the most important elements of buildings that are designed for optimal energy efficiency. Many green buildings use their roofs to support solar panels or vegetative roof systems. Other buildings will use the roof for insulation or skylights. All of these require particular roof architecture and design. Green roof specialists can help with this design process.

4. Architectural roofing.

Architects will often use a roof for a particular design element. While this can do a lot to affect a building’s look and feel, it can also affect the functionality of a commercial roof. It’s important that an architect consult a commercial roofer before completing the final drawings of a building. Roof pitch, roof material, and roof size can all affect the way the roof functions, which can affect the long-term protection of the building.

To learn more about how architectural design and commercial roofing work together to create safe and functional buildings, contact Maxwell Roofing and Sheet Metal today.

Understanding the Connection Between Insulation & Commercial Roofing

Everyone knows that a roof keeps buildings dry, but many might not realize the role roofs play in keeping a building warm. Insulation is a critical part of any roofing system, but the bigger the building, the more susceptible it is to temperature change. This is what makes proper insulation so important for commercial buildings in particular.

What Does Roof Insulation Do?

Insulation is a special material that sits between a roof’s outer layer and the waterproofing layer and/or deck. While there are many different types of insulation, they all work to protect a building from the elements outside. Here are a few things that roof insulation does for a building:

  • Regulates temperature: Insulation’s primary purpose is to prevent heat transfer between the building and the outdoors. Insulation seals the cold air out of a building in the winter and traps cool air inside in the summer, keeping the building at a comfortable temperature.
  • Reduces energy costs: Insulation seals out nasty weather, meaning that an HVAC system has less work to do to keep a building at an acceptable temperature. With insulation, just a little bit of temperature modification can go a long way because it will stay in the building longer without escaping through unsealed parts of the building.
  • Provides fire resistance: Most insulation is fireproof and can help dampen flames or restrict their spread in case of a fire. Some building codes require insulation in some cases to improve a building’s fireproofing.
  • Provides moisture protection: Insulation provides another line of defense between outdoor moisture and a building’s interior. Using the proper form of insulation can help prevent condensation under the roof membrane.

Proper Roof Insulation

Insulation goes into almost every building, but not every contractor knows how to insulate a roof properly. While some homeowners may install insulation themselves, this process becomes much more complicated with commercial roofs. It’s unlikely that a contractor or facility manager would know how to insulate a metal roof or how to insulate a concrete roof.

Improperly installed insulation can lead to leaks, moisture problems, and diminish a building’s ability to retain a comfortable temperature. With any insulation job, the most important thing is having the right roofing partner to avoid problems in the future.

Contact Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. today to learn more about how insulation can benefit your roof.

The Importance of Commercial Roofing 24/7 Emergency Response

No one gets to choose the best time for a life emergency, and the same is true for a commercial roof. A roofing emergency can occur in any season, at any time of day, on holidays or on weekends. There are plenty of ways to prepare for a roofing emergency, but having access to a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency response team is the most important thing to have in your emergency tool box.

What Qualifies as an Emergency

A roofing emergency is any type of sudden damage that threatens the integrity of a roof or building. Fallen trees and storm damage are the most frequent and obvious sources of emergency roof damage, but even small events can cause an unpredictable disaster. 

How to Prevent a Roof Emergency

It’s important to develop a regular maintenance plan to catch small problems that could become larger ones later, but some emergencies are inevitable realities for commercial roofs. Roofs are exposed to the elements all day and all night, and there’s no way to completely protect them from harmful debris or weather. The best way to prepare for an emergency is to plan for one with a budget and an emergency response team that’s available at all hours.

What 24/7 Emergency Response Does

Most roofing companies operate during regular weekly business hours, which can leave a gap of hours or days between emergency roof damage and a necessary repair. With 24/7 emergency response, customers can report the damage when it happens and receive a quick response from a qualified roof technician. In cases of serious or dangerous roof damage, companies with 24/7 emergency response will have roofers on-call and ready to respond.

Why 24/7 Emergency Response Is Important

While some roof repairs can wait a few days or weeks, very serious roof damage can cause additional deterioration to the building or harm to the people who use it. Exposed roofs, holes, storm damage, and other issues can create a fire hazard or further destruction to a building’s structure if left alone. Quick repairs are the only way to ensure that roof damage stays isolated to the roof, and that’s where 24/7 emergency response comes in.

When an accident happens outside of normal business hours, a 24/7 emergency response team will be able to make an urgent repair and prevent further damage. Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. prides ourselves on our great customer service and ability to respond anytime to your roofing needs. 

To learn more about Maxwell’s preventative maintenance plans and our 24/7 emergency response services, contact us today.

5 Tips for Commercial Roof Leak Prevention

Roof leaks can pose serious problems for commercial buildings, causing structural damage that extends far beyond the leak. Facility managers should have someone on call who knows how to fix a leaking roof, but the best protection against leaks is to prevent them in the first place.

Tips on How to Prevent a Roof Leak

  1. Perform regular inspections: Storms and fallen trees aren’t the only things that can cause leaks. Damage can occur slowly over time and go unnoticed without regular inspections. Facility managers should walk their roofs regularly to examine for leaks and call in a professional roofer at least several times a year to perform more thorough inspections.
  2. Call in a professional: A lot of facility managers may have someone on staff who knows how to patch a roof leak in an emergency, but only a professional roofer has the know-how to prevent further damage and leaks. Just because water has stopped coming into the building doesn’t mean that a leak is fixed. A professional roofer will have special equipment to detect hidden leaks and know how to identify damage that isn’t obvious.
  3. Create a maintenance schedule: The best roofers don’t just know how to fix a roof leak, they are partners throughout the entire life of a roof. Every new roof should come with a maintenance plan and a forecast assessment. When it comes to leaks, a good offense is the best defense.
  4. Trim trees and clear debris: A building’s surroundings determine the longevity of a roof almost as much as the quality of the roof does. Surrounding trees can fall in a storm, posing serious threats to a roof. Trimming nearby trees and clearing debris from a roof after a storm can protect roofs from developing leaks.
  5. Be aware of problem areas: Leaks can happen anywhere on a roof, but there are a few common hotspots that tend to attract leaks. Roof penetrations, like skylights and vents, are vulnerable to wear and tear that may develop into a leak. High traffic where workers regularly stand, like areas near HVAC units or other equipment, spring leaks often. Facility managers should give these areas regular attention and monitor them for leaks.

For a quote on a management program for your commercial roof, contact Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. today.

5 Ways Summer Heat Can Affect a Commercial Roof

Your roof has escaped the winter storms and spring hail, but that doesn’t mean it’s totally safe. For commercial roofs, summer can bring serious problems as extreme heat and high humidity put a strain on its structure and materials.

Unlike major cracks or leaks caused by other types of extreme weather, heat damage can be hard to identify. To prevent long-term roof problems, it’s important to perform self-inspections during the summer and to have a professional roofing company to make regular evaluations.

Here are five things to look for when the summer heat has started to bear down on your roof:

  1. Thermal Shock—Commercial roofs are constantly exposed to sunlight and can reach more than 180 degrees on hot summer days. When the sun goes down, the roof temperature rapidly decreases. This quick temperature change can cause problems as your roof materials quickly expand during the day and contract at night. This severe temperature change is known as thermal shock, and it can cause your roof to warp or create gaps over time.
  1.  Sun Damage—Just as UV rays can gradually damage your skin, they can also damage your roof. The sun degrades materials on the roof if they aren’t properly treated, bleaching or blackening the roof. Wood and shingles are particularly vulnerable to damage.
  2.  Drying—Roof heating can also dry out the oils in some roof materials. When roof linings or structural materials get dry, they become brittle and can crack. If left untreated, those fractures can damage the structural integrity of the roof or degrade its waterproofing materials and cause leaks.
  3. High Humidity—High heat combined with high humidity is one of the biggest risks to a commercial roof. When a roof has expanded, due to high heat, it can absorb additional moisture. In places like the Southeast, where the summers tend to be humid, commercial roofs are at high risk for retaining moisture. Water patches can cause leaks and, if left unfixed, can lead to roof collapses.
  4. Popped Seams and Loose Screws—The combination of high heat, harsh UV rays, and an expansion and contraction of the roof surface can lead to popped roof seams and loose screws. Penetrations like skylights and vents are hot spots for this type of damage.

The key to beating the summer heat is to schedule ongoing roof maintenance and evaluate your roof’s vulnerability. To learn more about how Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. can protect your roof, contact us today