As an owner of a commercial property, you may have seen water occasionally ponding on your flat roofing system. You might think it’s okay to leave it as it is, but when you ignore the ponding on your roof, it can lead to more damage over time. If you want to avoid the consequences of water pooling, here’s what you need to know.
Why Does the Water Pool on Your Roof?
A well-designed roofing system should prevent water from leaking into your home. Even “flat” roofs are designed with a slight slope for proper drainage. Ponding on your flat roof occurs when snow melts or after heavy rain, and it can mean a big problem with your roof’s drainage system. So when you see water ponding on your roof, then it should be addressed immediately.
What’s Going to Happen If I Ignore It?
Water ponding collects dirt, which can cause vegetation growth. The ponding can grow bigger and eventually crack through your flat roof and damage it. The water also becomes a magnifying glass which amplifies the sun’s heat and UV rays in the affected area of your roof. Prolonged water pooling can also cause premature deterioration on your roof’s outer coatings and underlayment. So as responsible roofers, we want to help you avoid or fix this issue professionally.
The damage water ponding can deal to your exterior roofing materials can also compromise any existing adhesives used in making field-fabricated single-ply laps, which can affect the overall structure of your roofing system. Your roof should be maintained regularly or as described in most warranties provided by manufacturers. As much as possible, a well-maintained roof must “maintain positive drainage”, which means any pooled water should not sit on a roof under dry conditions or for around two days at most.
When it comes to excellent roofing repair and replacement services, only consider hiring the best roofing company in the area. Call Howard Roofing & Home Improvements today at (636) 296-1057, or you can also contact us through our convenient online form. We serve St. Louis and surrounding MO areas.