Tuesday, February 23, 2021

What You Risk When Putting Off Commercial Roof Repair

When it comes to commercial roof repair, it’s pretty understandable to most that it’s necessary. No one wants to work underneath a damaged roof, after all. Property managers can sometimes be guilty of putting off important roof repairs, however. Doing this can spell disaster in the long run. 

In this blog, we’ll be explaining the types of pitfalls that come along with failing to complete commercial roof repairs. 

The Damage Gets Worse

As you can imagine, not addressing your roof’s damage right away can result in further damage. Take a leak, for example. If you allow moisture to permeate your roof, the problem will only grow until you fix it. Some roofs have multiple layers with a lot of space for leaks to hide. Once the water starts coming in, it won’t stop until a professional handles the repair job. 

Wildlife Can Enter

In addition to allowing water to enter your facility, holes in your roof can also provide a convenient entrance for rodents, birds, and insects. Once these animals find their way in, they tend to set up their new home quickly. Wildlife in a commercial facility can put you and others at great risk. From the physical threats of raccoons & possums to the sanitary dangers of mice, holes in your roofing need to be dealt with immediately. Every moment you allow for damage to go unfixed is another opportunity for new wildlife to settle in. 

Electrical Danger

Water damage to a roof poses great risk to your electrical system. Lots of wires and cables are present in your facility’s walls and ceilings. Water will cause mildew and corrosion to your roof, leading to tripped breakers and power outages. The worst case scenarios can include fire hazards and even electrical shocks. Rather than putting up with these risks, make commercial roof repair a priority. 

Your commercial roof requires care and maintenance in order to serve its function and keep your building safe. If you allow small problems to remain, they will continue to fester until they turn into big, expensive problems. Matrix Roofing is the Mid-Atlantic area’s top source of commercial roofing repair. Give us a call today to secure your investment and get your roof back to working order!

Friday, January 29, 2021

3 Common Reasons for Commercial Roof Leaks

When you hear about leaky roofs, people often think about homes on a rainy day. They don’t think about commercial buildings, which can also suffer damage and allow for moisture to enter. There are many ways for commercial facilities to spring leaks. In this blog, we’ll be going over some of the most common reasons for breaches in commercial roofs.

1. Old Roofs

While they may seem like a constant, roofs do have a lifespan. The average flat roof has about 15 to 20 years until it needs to be replaced. While your roof can certainly be repaired and waterproofed, you may notice that the endless repairs and maintenance just may not be worth it anymore. If you’re finding that you call on a roofing professional every other month, it may be time to consider a full replacement of your commercial roof. 

2. Pooling Water

One of the most common sources of leaks comes from pooling water. If your roof has areas that aren’t totally level, water can collect in puddles. Roofs are large structures, and water can weigh about five pounds per square inch. This can put great strain on your roof, causing cracks that water can travel through. 

To fix your pooling water problem, you’ll need a roofing expert to level the roof and/or fix the drainage system. Being able to disperse water and prevent heavy puddles from forming is the key to decreasing the likelihood of leaks. 

3. Flashing Damage

If you aren’t already familiar, flashing is the term for the protective layer around your roof membrane’s edges. It also seals the area around things that pass through your roof, like chimneys and vents. From inclement weather to changing temperatures, flashing can experience wear and tear. At a certain point, this wear and tear results in a source for leaks. 

Without quality, maintained flashing, your commercial roof is ripe for leaks with multiple access points for water. This what makes roofing maintenance so important. If you aren’t getting your roof checked at least once a year, you may be suffering from damaged flashing and not know it. The best defense against roof leaks is a good offense!

While there are many other causes for potential leaks, one thing remains true: having a certified home inspector check your roof annually is the best way to spot small problems before they turn into big ones. Matrix Roofing Systems is the Mid-Atlantic region’s top roofing expert. To protect your commercial roof from leaks, give us a call today!

Friday, December 11, 2020

How Clogged Gutters Can Spell Disaster For Your Commercial Roof

Make no mistake about it: your commercial building’s gutters are not some feature that you can leave behind to fend for itself. Gutters play a significant role in your facility’s structural integrity and safety. Fail to stay on top of your building’s gutter maintenance, and you may find yourself writing a big check for repairs and/or installation.

Gutters, when maintained, are an efficient and quick way to properly manage rainfall. When it comes to commercial buildings, these gutters are tasked with directing a large amount of water through the downspout. Allowing them to get clogged can open up a Pandora’s Box of inconveniences for your facility:
  • Clogged gutters can contribute to the erosion of the exterior appearance of the building. From washing away paint and creating visible stains, clear gutters keep a fa├žade looking its best.
  • Clogged gutters aren’t able to direct rain away from your building; instead, it will leak into the foundation and your building’s sidewalks. Water should not leak to these areas, or your risk thousands in repair costs. Even worse, if you allow water to wreak havoc for extended periods of time, you’re looking at structural damage that will be no easy fix.
  • Clogged gutters may push water to your roof and the walls, causing them to become damp. Damp areas on a building soon become moldy areas. Moldy areas are hazardous and unsafe for working environments.
  • Clogged gutters will start to overflow, which can end up destroying your whole gutter system. Commercial buildings take up a lot of space and catch a lot of water. If you allow water to gather, the gutters may end up giving out and falling right off your building.

By hiring a roofing professional to inspect your commercial roof and gutters, you can save yourself all the worry and expenses that come with clogged gutter-related mishap. Roofing experts can inspect your entire roof in addition to your gutters. They’ll be able to spot any leaks or future leaks, as well as highlight any potential hazards before they graduate to expensive repairs.

If you want to put your gutter worries to rest, give our team a call today! We’re proud to offer premium roofing service to the entire Mid-Atlantic region.

Monday, November 16, 2020

The Top 3 Roof Maintenance Misconceptions

 

Your commercial property requires a wide range of maintenance considerations to remain efficient, safe, and appealing to your customers and employees. With all the maintenance schedules to consider, it can be easy to forget the importance of commercial roof maintenance. Your roof is out of sight, out of mind, and easily forgotten. The following misconceptions lead people to believe regular roof maintenance is not a priority and believing that will cost you.

“Maintenance Isn’t Important”

Commercial roofing materials are designed to withstand nearly any weather condition without failure. Modern advances in roofing technology have diminished the amount of maintenance necessary, which allows you to enjoy a durable, weather-proof barrier for longer. Of course, this doesn’t mean that proper maintenance isn’t a critical factor in your building investment. Partially open seams, loose flashings, or small leaks need to be fixed promptly to avoid exponential damage and costs.

“Warranties Cover All Commercial Roof Damage”

While your shingle, metal, or single-ply roofing materials may have come with a generous warranty, there are a number of reasons your warranty could be voided. Many warranties only cover material defects, which won’t protect you from workmanship issues. This is why it is important to work with a trusted, reputable roofing contractor like Matrix Roofing Systems. Not only will we install your roof correctly the first time, but we can offer preventative maintenance to help protect your roof from premature failure. If any damage does occur, our emergency repair services can fix it before it grows into a large, costly problem.

“All Commercial Roofs Last 20 or More Years Without Maintenance”

Single-ply commercial roofing systems like TPO, PVC, and EPDM, if properly maintained, can last over 25 years. However, improper maintenance can dramatically reduce this timeline. With 80% or more of commercial roofs failing prematurely due to neglect, it’s essential to keep your roof maintained and routinely inspected. Expecting a commercial roof system to exceed the limit of its warrantable life without regular preventative maintenance is no different than expecting a new car to reach 100,000 miles without regular service and oil changes….it’s not going to happen.

Contact Matrix Roofing to receive an estimate on maintenance work or schedule a roof inspection. We offer quality roofing services for all your needs. Call 267-642-5027 or email us today to learn more!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Winter Is Coming: Protect Your Flat Roof with These Simple Steps

Flat roofs are often considered the standard for commercial facilities. They make any business look sleek and modern instantly. But they do present a few unique challenges for property managers looking to keep their facility safe from heavy snowfall. Luckily, it's easier than you might think. Here are a few simple ways to protect your flat roof this winter. 


Get Your Roof Inspected

A damaged roof is a leaky roof and when the snow has a chance to sit and melt on that damaged roof, you'll have major problems. The best thing you can do is schedule an annual roofing inspection and let your commercial roofer check for damage. If they see anything out of place, they'll be able to make the repairs quickly. 


Clean Your Drains

Flat roofs are equipped with drainage outlets that help funnel snowmelt and rainfall away from your roof and towards a designated drainage area. When they're clogged, that runoff won't have anywhere to go. Over the course of the winter, that moisture can soak through the roofing materials and into your ceiling, putting you at risk for mold and mildew growth indoors. Take the time to clean those drains and downspouts thoroughly. 


Get Your Trees Trimmed

Low-hanging branches become a major safety hazard after a major snowstorm. The weight of the snow causes the limbs to hang lower and, in some cases, breaks them. If they scrape against or land on your roof, they can do serious damage to your facility. Take preventative measures and get any neighboring trees trimmed before winter is in full swing. 


Look for Puddles

Flat roofs aren't completely flat. This allows water to run off the roof rather than collecting in puddles. If you notice puddles on your roof after a snowstorm or winter rainstorm, contact your roofer immediately. Puddles mean your roof is warped and may have water damage that could spread if left unrepaired. 


Get Your Roof Ready for Winter

Preventative maintenance is the best way to protect your flat roof from water damage during the winter months. Don't wait. Contact Matrix Roofing today to schedule a free estimate and let our team help you get your commercial roof ready for the elements.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Should I Repair or Replace My Commercial Roofing?

The average commercial roof can last anywhere from 10 to 40 years. During that time, it requires occasional repairs and consistent maintenance to keep it in great condition. The well-being of your commercial roof says a lot about the safety and value of your facility. So, how do you know if you should repair your roofing or consider a replacement? The following information will help you decide.

Cracks and Imperfections

Over time, you may notice cracks, splits, or other imperfections in your roofing. This can be due to rain, erratic temperatures, and sun exposure. So long as only a few areas are affected, a professional can normally repair this damage rather easily. On the other hand, when a large portion of the roofing has become damaged, you may be better off going with a replacement. 

Ponding

Many flat commercial roofs can suffer from ponding, which is when water isn’t properly draining from the roof and pools. Ponding water can cause big issues for your roofing, like leaking, plant/algae growth, mosquitos, and other signs of overall roof deterioration. When it comes to this phenomenon, you will definitely need to seek the help of a professional for the next steps. Simple roof maintenance can help drain the ponds and restore your roofing to good health. In some cases, however, a new roof may be the suitable option.

Old or Outdated

Roofing technologies are always changing significantly over the years. Accordingly, you may also wish to replace yours if it appears old or outdated. It’s important to work with a trusted roofing expert that can walk you through their different solutions and come up with the best option for you. Some roofing options may be unnecessary for your needs, so be sure that the expert comes up with ideas that make sense for your operation. 

At Matrix Roofing, we aim to be your trusted source of commercial roofing expertise in the Mid-Atlantic region. We know how much an investment your roofing is, which is why we’ll only suggest a plan that works for your bottom line. Give us a call today to discuss your commercial roof repair & replacement needs.

Monday, August 17, 2020

5 "Red Flags" to Look For When Hiring Commercial Roofers

If you are in need of a roof replacement or even general roofing repair for your facility, there's a good chance that you'll be hiring a commercial roofing company to get the job done. Unfortunately, not all roofing companies out there can provide you with the level of service and workmanship you deserve. Specifically, as you shop around for a roofing contractor, there are some potential red flags you'll want to be on the lookout for.

Soliciting With a Free Inspection

A lot of times, roofing companies will go to different commercial buildings (especially after heavy storms roll through the area) offering a free roofing inspection to the property managers. These roofers are known as "storm chasers," and they are generally after the money put up by your business’s insurance policy to pay for any repairs caused by hail, high winds, or other severe weather.

Generally, you should not trust these "free" estimates, because they almost always result in the company finding major damage and repairs that need to be done - even if the damage isn't really there. A reputable company will not solicit.

Requiring Up-Front Payment

Any time you're having any major roofing work or replacement done, you should be able to put down a deposit in order for work to get started. You should never have to pay in-full for your work before it's completed, as you deserve a chance to make sure the work was done properly before you shell over the rest of the money. If a company tries to get you to pay in full before starting work--especially if they want you to pay in cash - it's time to look elsewhere.

Sneaking Hidden Fees Into the Quote

Any time you review a quote provided to you by a roofing company, be sure to read it over carefully and ask if any added fees have been tacked on. For example, some companies may include additional services in their estimates that you don't really need so that they can get more money out of you. Ask your roofer for a bare-bones quote that includes just the necessities to get your job done.

Being Misleading About Warranties

Another potential red flag to be on the lookout for when looking for a roof company is that of providing misleading information about your roof's warranty (if you're having a new one installed). They may mention, for example, that the roof comes with a 20-year warranty; what they may not mention, however, is that the warranty only covers certain types of damage and/or does not include parts and labor.

Always make sure you receive detailed information about a roof warranty before you decide to go with any roofing company for your replacement job, as warranty offerings can vary greatly.

A Significantly Lower Bid Than Others

Finally, if you receive a bid from one contractor that's significantly lower than your bids from other roofing companies, then this should generally be seen as a red flag. The cheapest bid in any job is usually a result of the company cutting corners; so even if you end up saving money up-front, you could end up with a faulty roof, bad installation, or poor quality materials that you need to spend more money to repair and replace down the road. Generally, it's better to spend a little more on a company and materials you can trust.

As you can see, there's a lot to keep in mind as you shop around for the right roofing company. By keeping an eye out for these red flags, you can make the best decision for your needs. And if you are looking for a reputable commercial roofing contractor you can trust, contact Matrix Roofing Systems, Inc. today!