Flat roofing systems offer many benefits, but they’re also more susceptible than other types of roofs to damage from punctures. In this post, Earl W. Johnston Roofing discusses the common causes of rubber roof membrane punctures and how you can prevent this problem.
This is the most common cause of punctures. While commercial roofs are designed to be able to handle equipment such as HVACs or exhaust fans, too much foot traffic from contractors can cause excessive strain, leading to damage. Tools that are dropped during repair work can also cause punctures or tears in the membrane.
Animals such as birds, squirrels, raccoons and cats love to hang out on rooftops. These animals can peck and scratch at the roof, causing punctures in the membranes. To address this issue, hire roof repair experts such as Earl W. Johnston Roofing for a guaranteed job well done.
Roofs take a beating during strong storms. A big hail storm can puncture the membrane, while windstorms can pull the layers apart. Strong storms can also dislodge the HVAC system and exhaust fans, blowing debris into the roof and causing further damage to the membranes.
How to Prevent Punctures
If your roof experiences a lot of foot traffic, it’s best to get thicker membranes and extra plies to strengthen it. Walkway pads can also be installed around the mechanical equipment so people have something to walk on. Educating mechanical workers on the right procedures can also help; this can encourage them to be more careful with their tools and other items.
Removing clear hazards to the roof is also a good way to prevent punctures. Properly bolt down any equipment that has loosened if needed and trim trees with overgrown branches.
Turn to Earl W. Johnston Roofing for your roof maintenance needs. We are your number-one provider of roof cleaning and repair services. Give us a call at (954) 908-2871 or fill out our contact form to request a quote. We serve customers in Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Hollywood and other areas in FL.