Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Anyone that manages a facility knows how unsettling a roof leak can be. This is an all-too-common experience for those in the Mid-Atlantic area; the humid climate and frequent rainstorms are not friends of commercial roofs! It is important to know how to respond when you notice a leak, and not to fear or stress out. The right response can mean the difference between a quick fix or thousands of dollars in repairs.
Noticing the Leak
The first step in fixing any problem is knowing that it exists in the first place. While one may feel that noticing a leak is a no-brainer, not every commercial roof leak looks the same. For example, you may not notice water drops or puddles, however stains in the ceiling may appear. Water creates areas of discoloration in ceilings during leaks, so be sure to watch out for these signs of damage. Another sign of a leak may be through smell. An unpleasant smell may be signs of hidden mold; mold thrives in moist environments, so you roof may have a leak if you start to notice the odor.
Once you notice a leak in your facility, you must respond quickly in order to minimize damage. First, remove any people, equipment, and inventory from the affected area. If there are objects that cannot be moved, cover them in plastic to prevent water damage. Once the area is cleared and/or the equipment is protected, place buckets or any other type of receptacle under the droplets to prevent puddles from forming.
Place a Marker
One thing that will be very helpful when you speak with your roofing contractor and insurance agents is to mark the point of entry for the leak. While it may be a no-brainer while the leak is actively occurring, it is likely that the leaking will cease after the storm has passed or time has gone on. Simply take a piece of tape and stick it to the area of the ceiling where the water entered your building.
Scan for More Damage
While we certainly hope your commercial roof only has one area of water damage, you should still check for more in case the problem is spreading. The best time would be when the rain is still pouring outside, as leaks are tough to find when the affected areas dry.
Call a Professional
Now that you have covered all your bases, it is time to call a roofing expert! While they can certainly handle the above tasks on their own, you will be well-suited to minimize damage at your facility if you can provide a professional with all the details as soon as possible. A roofing contractor will be able to assess the damage, determine how to fix the leak, and give you any tips about how future leaks can be prevented.
To learn more about commercial roof leaks, call Matrix Roofing Systems, Inc.!
Friday, June 19, 2020
Summer is also known for severe thunderstorms, especially in the Mid-Atlantic region. If your roof already has leaks or cracks that have not been addressed, you may start to notice them once water damage begins to rear its ugly head. From leaks to pooling water, summer storms are no friend to the commercial roof.
The best way to stay on top of the safety of your roof is through commercial roof inspection. Your facility’s roof plays a huge role in the overall safety and value of your operation. Similar to how you inspect your vehicle periodically to make sure all of the parts are healthy and operational, your commercial roof needs the same level of care. An inspector can review your roofing system, notice any areas of damage, and identify areas that can be fixed now before the issue gets worse.
Make sure to have your roof inspected as soon as possible. The sooner you address any possible issues with your roofing, the less likely it will be that summer heat and storms will exacerbate these problems. Damage to your roof tends to have a snowball effect, where some weakened areas spread damage to other areas. Through a professional inspection, you can nip these issues in the bud and worry about running your business.
At Matrix Roofing, our team of professionals offers more than 120+ years of combined experience in roofing inspections and evaluations. We offer service throughout the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, so give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you!
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
One way to get the most out of your commercial roof is through cleanliness. When loose material like twigs, leaves and rocks accumulate on a roof, they contribute to clogs, standing water, and the growth of algae. All these result in the deterioration of the roof, making it important to remove all debris on a regular basis.
Whether the cause stems from the weather or accumulation of debris, leaks are a common occurrence for commercial roofs. As soon as you notice an area of seepage or a full leak, call a repair as soon as possible. Leaks can become more than just a hassle and have the potential to cause electrical damage, equipment/inventory damage, or even the entire collapse of your roof.
It does pay to be observant, but unless you are a trained roofing professional, there is bound to be aspects of your roof that will “go over your head” so to speak. Schedule an annual inspection from a licensed roofing professional. They can spot weak spots in your roof and work to prevent costly damage and replacement. Inspectors will be able to spot leaks and sagging in your roof and come up with a plan for restoration.
Monday, April 27, 2020
For the safety of your building’s structure and the people inside, it’s best to contact a professional, like Matrix Roofing Systems, Inc., for the repairs. Depending on the issue at hand, there are a variety of techniques that we use for repair.
Brick and Stone PointingThe mortar between bricks and stone is strong, but over a period of time and exposure to the elements, even the sturdiest of mortar can begin to break down. If you notice any mortar missing, “pointing” removes the old and replaces it with new, stronger mortar.
CaulkingNo matter the size of a crack, if it allows water between bricks or stones or further into the building’s structure, it can cause plenty of damage. Professionally caulking the cracks will keep moisture from entering through the openings.
Coping Stone Repair and RestorationThe coping on your building is an important structure that keeps rain away from the building. If your coping is damaged, it is best to have a professional do the repair or restoration.
Lintel ReplacementLintels are the structures above a window or door and overtime, they may need to be replaced. Due to their location, it is very important that this be done correctly by professionals to avoid damage to the brick or stone wall exterior.
Masonry WaterproofingWaterproofing your building, with an application of sealant on the façade, will give you the confidence that the exterior of your building and interior are protected.
Waiting for repairs can often lead to more damage. Contact Matrix Roofing Systems, Inc. today and let’s discuss your masonry repair needs!
Monday, January 27, 2020
Unless you are a professional roofer, chances are you do not have an intuitive knowledge of navigating a roof. Maneuvering skillfully along the surface of a roof is something that is learned over years of experience and training. Despite how difficult it is for most to overcome the fear of being on a roof (let alone properly performing whatever task you went up there handle in the first place!) some people would rather risk their lives than pay for a professional roofing company.
Roof repair can be very dangerous if it is not performed by a licensed professional. Here are some of the dangers of DIY roofing to keep in mind:
1. Safety Risks
It should go without saying that performing a complex procedure on an elevated location is putting yourself in harm’s way. However, injuries caused by falling off a roof are among the most common types of construction injuries. Despite many of our projects being completed on commercial flat roofs, we still take extreme caution – especially when surfaces are slippery, winds are high, or edges are flush.
2. Improper Repairs
While nothing compares to your physical safety, it’s important to be aware that if you try to repair your own roof, you risk worsening the issue. Roofing professionals earn their title through hours of trainings and certifications in order to repair issues properly. Your property is one of your largest, if not your largest, investments and should be safeguarded by solving issues that arise in the most effective way possible.
3. Voiding Warranties
When you initially purchased your roof, you may have invested in a manufacturer warranty. Depending on the terms of your warranty, completing DIY work on your roof may void your warranty benefit that protects you against paying out of pocket for any mishaps. In order to avoid losing warranty benefits, do not allow anyone but a qualified worker to perform work between installation and last restoration.
Rely on Matrix Roofing Systems for your next commercial roofing project. Our team of experienced, thorough, and educated roofing professionals has seen it all. We are safety oriented and OSHA compliant. Contact us today for more information.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
As Pennsylvania residents, we're no strangers to snow, high winds, and freezing temperatures. As a business owner in a climate with harsh winters, it's important to take precaution to potential damages to your facility caused by winter’s wrath. Whether your commercial roof is flat, sloped, or pitched, defending against snow and ice is crucial to preventing damage to your property.
Here are three ways to ensure your commercial roof is ready for all that winter has in store…
1. Schedule a Roof Inspection
Snow, rain, sleet, and ice are all form of moisture, and more moisture leads to more potential for leaks. Even the smallest leak can quickly become an expensive and disastrous problem. Matrix Roofing Systems can inspect your roof and take preventative measures to prevent against property damage. We'll check for any drainage areas, places where insulation can be improved, gutter performance, and more.
2. Check Nearby Areas
While we are happy to inspect your roof, masonry, gutters, and more, it’s also important to examine adjacent areas. Trees and neighboring buildings pose the threat of snow being blown or dumped on top of your building. Our team can identify potential hazards and advise accordingly.
3. Prepare an Action Plan
If you do end up finding yourself amidst a winter roof emergency, do you know how it will be handled? Eliminate the risk of delaying normal business operations even further by developing a plan of action ahead of time. Make sure your team has the contact information of your insurance company saved, and knows any relevant contractors and when it’s appropriate to call them.
If you have any questions about preparing your commercial property and roof for this upcoming winter, don't hesitate to rely on our team of seasoned professionals for answers. Contact us today to request an inspection.