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A roof takes more abuse from the elements than any other part of a home or business. Preventative maintenance for any type of roof is necessary to make sure that they last as long as possible. Minor damage can quickly become so bad that many roofs have to be replaced. Homeowners should have their roofs inspected at least twice per year to catch problems before they spread. It's also important to look for potential damage after severe storms. An experienced San Antonio roofing professional can save business owners time and money by taking care of this chore and other roof maintenance required. Here's how to spot potential problems with a flat roof before expensive repairs are needed.

Leaks can damage office equipment, ruin merchandise and encourage the growth of mold and mildew. Mold can cause a wide range of problems from an uninviting musty smell to allergies and severe respiratory problems for customers and employees. Larger leaks that go unrepaired could even cause the roof to collapse. Check each room in the building for damaged ceiling tiles or any discolorations on the ceiling. A dark colored ring usually forms around the saturated area. Larger leaks can cause tiles to crumble.

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However, leaks are not always directly above ceiling damage. Flat roofs have layers that could direct water several feet away from the original leak. The damage could also be from another source like a plumbing problem. It could even be from an old leak that was repaired without fixing the ceiling as well. Because of this, it's best for an expert to locate leaks.

Advanced thermal imaging technology can detect the heat radiating from objects. Wet insulation caused by roof leaks absorbs more heat than dry insulation, especially on a sunny day. After the sun sets, the wet insulation emits more heat, making it easy for roofers to find a leak.

Since commercial roofs are flat, they don't shed water or snow as quickly as sloped roofs. When water pools on the roof, it becomes more prone to leaks. Check for puddles and debris, such as leaves, that can hold moisture. Don't forget to check equipment on the roof that can wear out or collect debris like skylights or air conditioning units. Also, make sure all gutters and drains are working and clear. Have roofs cleaned professionally every few years or as needed to get rid of built up dirt and algae. This can make older roofs look like new.

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