It’s a dry summer day when you look up and notice several mushy ceiling tiles crumbling apart in your company’s entryway. Directly underneath it is a pungent puddle soaked into your newly installed carpet. The wall’s paint is peeling and the stench of mildew is unbearable.
It’s a bad look for your business. This is NOT the image you want to project to your customers! They expect better.
“But it hasn’t rained in a long time. How on earth can you have a roof leak when it hasn’t even rained for the past five weeks??!”
Well, it’s because not all roof leaks are caused by rain! If that were the case, then detecting the source would be easy! Sometimes there can be other underlying causes of moisture-related damage – especially when it hasn’t rained in a long time!
Texas has had its fair share of droughts over the years. We’ve had many dry, hot summers with little to no rain and yet our professionals are still combatting algae growth and mold proliferation due to moisture buildup.
This is because when it is hot and dry outside for long stretches of time, like in summer, you and your colleagues are more likely to crank down the AC, blasting on maximum power to stay cool indoors.
Since many HVAC units are located on the roof of a building, and the longer these run, the higher there is a chance that moisture could buildup and penetrate beyond the outer membrane – especially if it is already an older roof.
We already know by now that scorching temperatures and dry heat are detrimental to the outer surface of a building’s roof.
The continuous heating and expanding of roof materials during hot days and cool nights can induce early aging and further depreciation if the roof is left untreated.
There’s really not much anybody can do other than diligently adhering to some best practices such as active surveillance, preventative maintenance, and routine checks with your roofing contractor.
Not all forms of roof damage can be prevented due to mother nature’s efforts, but almost all can be caught early if you know what to look for. Brazos Industries recommends getting your roof looked at at least twice a year to catch problems before they spread.