Summertime in Minnesota can yield some unpredictable weather patterns. And when you’re in charge of maintaining a commercial roof, the last thing you want to do is put off weather-related repairs, no matter how minor.
Unfortunately, storm damage can be difficult to detect on commercial flat roofs and often requires infra-red roof inspection. This is because the structure and function of flat roofs are completely different from a conventional sloped roof.
At A-Plus Roofing in Minnesota, we work with Twin Cities business owners and facilities managers to keep flat roofs in top condition and performance. In this post, we’re outlining common storm damage repairs your flat roof might need. When you need a storm damage inspection, give us a call.
1. Hail Damage
The extent of hail damage can have as much to do with the type and condition of roofing material as it does the size of the hail and wind speed. Typically, most high-performance flat roof systems are designed to hold up very well to hail damage.
TPO roofs in good condition can usually handle up to 1 ¾”-sized hail, and EPDM can typically withstand up to 2 ½”-sized hail. However, minor fractures in the membranes can increase a roof’s vulnerability. That’s why it’s important to stay on top of regular roof repairs and conduct infra-red roof inspections after a serious hail storm.
2. Edge Peeling
Although both sloped roofs and flat roof systems are potentially vulnerable to wind damage, the outcome can look different based on the structure of the roof. With a sloped roof, you’re more likely to see missing shingles or granules. With a flat roof, however, the uplift effect you can get from wind pressure can pull a flat roof up, loosening it first around the building perimeter.
3. Significant Roof Uplift
If edge peeling is ignored or overlooked, more significant roof damage can occur over time. The materials on the top of the roof can become wrinkled, folded, or kinked. These signs can signify an underlying uplift across the entire area of the roof that allows water to seep in and could potentially result in eventual roof failure.
Your Trusted Twin Cities Infra-Red Roof Inspection Pros
Scheduling an infra-red roof inspection to check for storm damage after significant hail or wind will help to extend the lifespan of your Twin Cities roof. When you need a commercial roofing contractor, contact us on the web or give us a call at 952-894-5435.