What To Expect From A Non-Waterproofed Roof

non-waterproofed roof under rain clouds

Your roof is your building’s one and only line of defense against the elements, so it’s critically important to treat it properly. If left untreated, you could be facing a variety of serious issues down the road. Some of the most common issues non-waterproofed roofs can cause include:

Moisture Damage

The most obvious issue your commercial flat roof might face from being left untreated is extensive moisture damage. South Florida heavy year-long rains can continuously pound your roof, wearing it down with each passing day. These rains can seep through your roof, causing unseen structural damage within your ceiling. Wood begins to rot and metals rust as they oxidize over time. This can lead to very costly replacements if left unattended.

Mold Growth

As your roof allows water to seep through, it creates the perfect environment for mold growth to begin. This mold continues to grow and spread throughout the dark, damp ecosystem of your roof. This mold growth also attracts various insects and pests as well. Should this mold growth be left untreated, you could find yourself with mold spores throughout your building, causing potentially adverse health effects to you and your tenants.

Staining and Pooling

As rainwater sits on your roof, gravity naturally tries to pull it down to the surface of the Earth. Of course, there are barriers in its way. This rainwater will do anything in its power to make its way through your roof and towards your ceiling. This leads to water collecting on your ceiling, otherwise known as pooling. Your ceiling will begin to bend and warp under the weight of the water before it’s too late. An early sign of pooling occurring are unsightly brown circular stains on your ceiling. This is typically coupled by a damp odor, caused by the stagnant water.

Higher HVAC Costs

When you have a non-waterproofed roof, there’s nothing standing in the way between your roof and the beating sun. Your roof will do little in the way of blocking the sun’s rays, whereas a waterproofed roof will reflect 80-85% of the sun’s rays rather than absorb the heat. This leads to a hotter building and an HVAC system that has to work twice as hard to keep you cool and comfortable. This, in turn, leads to a much higher monthly bill than you’d expect from a waterproofed home.

Don’t Suffer From A Non-Waterproofed Roof Any Longer

It may seem like you have to accept that there’s nothing you can do and you’re cursed to accept the dangers of a non-waterproofed flat roof, but that’s not the case. Commercial waterproofing is a must for every building, which is why Deluxe Waterproofing is here to help. For decades, we’ve been the trusted waterproofing team for commercial buildings throughout the tri-county area. If you’re tired of watching your roof suffer, contact the Deluxe Waterproofing team online or give us a call at (954) 623-3777 today and receive a free quote!

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