Risks Associated With Leaking Roofs

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At Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc., we specialize in commercial roof repair. No matter the problem, our expert technicians can find the most affordable, non-invasive way to fix it without impacting your business’s day-to-day operations.

The results from allowing leaks and other roof issues to persist without repairs can be incredibly damaging to structures, both inside and outside of the building. Let’s take a look at some of the areas affected and why it’s so vital that you stay on top of industrial roof repairs.

Attic and Ceiling

Any items in the attic are in considerable danger if leaks in the roof are allowed to persist. This includes damage to fans or any lights in the attic. Ceiling paint will darken, and plaster may bubble and expand. This damage can extend to nearby walls, and can threaten the structural integrity of the entire building.

Mold and Mildew

These infestations can spread to the HVAC system, and then to the rest of the building through vents. From here, it can invade carpets, furniture, clothing, among others.

Mold also leads to significant health concerns, especially for anyone with high sensitivity to asthma or allergies. It can be a major liability for many businesses.

Hazards

There are fire hazards associated with leaking roofs. If any electrical wiring is present near affected areas, there could be a major fire risk. If you notice leaks, turn off power and try to get it fixed as soon as possible.

In addition, slipping can become a risk if leaks reach a frequently-traveled area of a building. Once again, businesses can be at serious liability for injuries that can harm employees.

Energy and Utilities

Leaking roofs will also often lead to higher utility bills. Water intrusion compromises insulation in the attic, and will cause the building to lose hot or cold air during the seasons when they’re most needed.

For more information on preventing roof leaks, or to find out about our commercial roofing services, speak to the experts at Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. today!

Common Signs Your Roof Needs Repairs

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At Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. we have seen every possible roof problem. Noises, leaks or dipping issues are well within our range of expertise, and we’re available anytime you need. With this expertise, we are highly trained in performing any roof repairs.

You are an integral part of your roof’s maintenance, as you’re its first line of defense. It’s up to you to notice the signs of potential roof problems, and to contact an expert when you detect deterioration. Here are a few tips on what to look for:

Noises

Pay attention to any creaks, pops, or rumblings that seem to be coming from the roof. Occasionally, elements become loose or disconnected. In other cases, the wind may have brought in damaging objects. Call our contractors right away if you notice recurring noises.

Roof Shingle Issues

When asphalt shingle roofs are nearing — or have passed — their 20th birthday, it’s a good time for a basic inspection. If you find any shingles curling, buckling, missing, or appear smooth instead of textured, a close look might be needed, so repairs or replacements can be ordered.

Sagging or Dipping

If you see obvious spots where the roof is sagging or dripping in any way, consult your premier roof inspector right away. Remember, it could become be a safety concern if not handled correctly.

Chimney Considerations

Call for an immediate inspection if the flashing around your chimney is missing, dislocated, or showing any other major signs of damage. Because chimney flashing assists in sealing, major issues could lead to leaks and debris. In fact, damage to the flashing can even cause pest infestations.

Want to learn more about common signs of roof issues, roofing repairs or any of our services? Speak to the roofing contractors at Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. today!

Telltale Signs of Water Damage in Roofs

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One of the largest threats to industrial roofing systems of all types is water damage. Protection is one of the primary functions of commercial roofing, but detriment may come back from time to time.

At Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc., we’re here to help with any water damage that takes place on your commercial roof. However, there are some common signs that it might be taking place. Here is what you will want to check on a regular basis:

Shingles Missing

If a few of the singles on your roof are missing, this is often the first sign of potential water damage. Shingles are the first line of protection against leaks, and their loss exposes the roof. If you notice any missing shingles, have them replaced as fast as possible to make sure your luck doesn’t run out.

Sunlight

If you have an attic, you should enter it periodically to check for rays of sunlight entering the room through the roof. If sun is going through roof beams, water could be doing so as well. Also check your insulation for mold or signs of moisture, which might indicate a problem you need to solve right away.

Gutters and Granules

Leaves are obviously fine in the gutters, but if you start to notice roofing granules in fairly copious amounts in the gutters, this is another possible sign of water damage.

Flashings

Chimney flashings are a common cause of roof leaks, and we recommend getting them inspected yearly. Water that seeps through flashing can cause major damage, particularly on flat roofs that haven’t been maintained well.

Shelf Life

If your roof is showing signs of wear, it may need to be replaced. The winter season may not be ideal for roof replacement, so if you detect any signs of damage look into replacements before the snow begins to fall.

For more information on how to prevent water damage, or for any of our commercial roofing services, speak to the pros at Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. today!

Fall Tips to Prevent Roof Leaks

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Roof maintenance is a vital part of owning a home or managing a commercial location, and at Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc., we’re here to help. The fall is the perfect time for certain bits of upkeep – with winter and lots of cold and moisture on the way, this is a great part of the year to make sure everything with your commercial roofing is in order. Here are a few tips so you can prevent roof leaks during winter.

Inspect the Attic

While most people remember to inspect the roof before the winter season, they can easily forget to take a look at the attic. The best time for this type of check is during a rainy fall day. When it rains, you are given a chance to watch for leaky areas and wet spots. However, if you need to inspect it while it’s dry outside, look for these signs:

  • Mold or mildew around vents, joints or seams
  • Warped wood
  • Stained insulation

Even if you don’t find any leaks, don’t think that your time is wasted. Try to make sure that the shingles are properly venting the roof – this will help prevent ice dams.

Preventing Ice Dams

These little menaces are one of the main causes of roof leaks. Ice dams build up on the roof after snow and cold weather, and can prevent proper drainage from your roof. Even water-resistant shingle roofs can experience ice dams, as water gets trapped behind ice dams and saturates the shingles over time.

Preventing ice dams starts with proper attic ventilation. Make sure your attic is the same temperature as the exterior – use gable, soffit and roof ridge vents to help this consistency. Also ensure that all insulation between the rafters is in proper working order.

Roof Traffic

Particularly for those who celebrate seasonal holidays with lights or other home designs, frequent roof traffic could be a concern. Remember that while your roof is made support foot traffic, too much wear and tear over time can lead to splitting of shingles or cracking of flashing. If you are on the roof, avoid shingles that appear to be warped, curled or cracked, and try not to step on roof tiles or tile cement.

For more information on how to protect your roof from leaks or to find out about our commercial roof repair, speak to the experts at Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. today.