Summer Heat Effects on Commercial Roofing
The roof on your commercial building is an important part of the structure. Most of the time, commercial proprietors focus on preparing for several weather events and natural disasters such as tornadoes and hurricanes. These bring damaging high winds and dangerous rains. This is only natural. As building owners, it's important to understand that non-forceful weather events, like summer heat, can also negatively impact the roof and compromise its integrity. At MG Roofing, our team can provide the inspections and repairs commercial roofs need to be prepared for any weather event.
Effects of Summer Heat on Commercial Roofs
As a roof is subjected to intense summer heat, it expands and contracts throughout the day/night cycle. While a metal roof can reach temperatures of 180 degrees during the day, it may be only 90 degrees at night. These temperature fluctuations can cause dramatic expansion and contraction cycles. The process can create long-term issues for the integrity of the structure. This is due to the stress placed on screws and seams in the roof.
Signs To Look For and Corrective Measures
The most obvious sign of potential problems is water entering the building due to stressed seams or failed fasteners. These can be repaired, but it will not correct the issues the roof is having. A more proactive approach is to address the continual expansion and contraction due to thermal fluctuations. One step is to use a reflective white roof solution that will reduce the heat transference. Reflecting the sun’s light will reduce the temperature of the roof. It will also impact the internal temperature of the building allowing the systems to function more efficiently. Whether the structure is climate controlled or not, this simple step can affect many facets of the operation.
While reducing the heat transference to the roof is the primary benefit, it will also make workers inside the building more comfortable. Inventory and equipment will also be kept at more stable temperature levels. Less stress on the roof and its components will aid in it lasting longer and stronger. Lastly, the building will be more energy efficient. This is a financial saving for the company. Considering a reflective roofing material, then, is a good investment.
At MG Roofing, we are committed to providing quality commercial roof maintenance and repairs. From routine inspections, routine maintenance and proactive roofing techniques, we’re here to help with the integrity of your commercial roof. Summer heat can cause damage to the roof and HVAC systems due to moisture buildup. Expansion and contraction cycles put undue stress on the roof’s components. Take proactive steps to preserve the integrity of the commercial roof. Call today to schedule an inspection.