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Commercial Roofing in San Antonio, TX – Maintenance

Jamie Ndungu - Thursday, March 15, 2018

In the past, we have spoken quite a bit about how important it is to have your facility's roof inspected and by having periodic maintenance and other vital repairs performed before the colder weather sets in. Today we will talk about just how damaging natural debris can be to a roofing system. Such as in the fall, when all of those gorgeous orange, gold and brown autumn leaves begin falling from the trees and how they can cause damage to a facilities commercial roofing in San Antonio, TX.


With a little bit of moisture and a heap of feathery light leaves, it can create a soggy, heavy biodegradable heap that can clog drains and create the perfect scenario for the proliferation of fungi, mildew and mold. If it is not promptly addressed, leaves and the debris can lead to water backing up which will increase the load on the deck of the roof. Standing water, just an inch in depth, adds around five pounds per square foot on a roof assembly. Over time, that standing water can leach the pliable properties out of some single-ply membranes which will reduce the flexibility and the life cycle of the roofing system.

In the winter months, ponding becomes a very critical scenario when pooling water begins to freeze and expand which causes it to force its way into tiny cracks or under the roofs flashings. Additionally, any additional ice weight can cause structural damage and expensive repairs and in worst case scenarios it can even cause a roofing system to collapse.

Preventative Maintenance

Maintenance crews that handle the commercial roofing in San Antonio, TX should be trained to inspect for leaves and other debris around the drains. During the fall months before winter sets in, frequent inspections should be done in order to remove the debris in order to help prevent the possibility of buildup and blockage. Areas where there are standing water could possibly indicate blocked drains and they should be addressed immediately. Partially blocked drains will still allow water to flow slowly, so even if there is no standing water on the roof it does not indicate that there is not a problem with the drains and they should still be inspected for debris. If there is noticeable staining on the roof, this could indicate that there were previous ponding. Not every problem that is caused by falling leaves and other debris will be visible to the untrained eye and it is critical to have a qualified roofing professional such as Longhorn inspect the roofing system for you. Drains and gutters should always be cleared before frigid temperatures kick in and turn a soggy leafy mess into frozen blockages.

Additionally, after the disposal of falling leaves and debris, a qualified roofing specialist should water-test both the internal and external drains and inspect the gutters and downspouts. The roofing specialist will inspect the little things that could escape the notice of a maintenance crew, such as inspecting the strainers to make sure that they are tightly in place and that the bolts securing them are tight also. It will take an experienced and trained eye in order to recognize early problems with sealants, flashings, mortar, seams and penetrations. Gutters and downspouts should also be inspected for the possibility of sagging, loose connections and also for broken or missing fasteners.

At Longhorn, our customers receive the best that can be offered, time after time again and when you hire us you can rest assured knowing that you are in good hands and your commercial roofing in San Antonio, TX will be in the best possible shape year round during the changing seasons. Give us a call today to learn more about preventative maintenance or if you need your facilities roofing system repaired due to ponding, or other problems that may have occurred during the winter.

About Longhorn Commercial Roofing

For many years Longhorn Commercial Roofing has been leading the pack as a top commercial roofing and general commercial contractor company. With impeccable customer service, competitive pricing, superior results and professionalism that is hard pressed to beat, Longhorn Commercial Roofing has been assisting clients across the nation with their construction needs. If you are looking for commercial roofing in San Antonio, TX then do not hesitate to give us a call.

From the very first day of our inception, we made a rock solid commitment to focus on three primary objectives; superior customer service, competitive pricing and an ethical approach to business practices. With decades of experience under our belt, and projects that span more than 2.7 billion square feet of roofing, your satisfaction is guaranteed. Longhorn Commercial Roofing also offers one of the best warranties in the industry; 20 year renewable warranties for roofs that we install. You can rest assured knowing that when you choose Longhorn Commercial Roofing for commercial roofing in San Antonio, TX that you are in very capable and professional hands.

Longhorn Commercial Roofing looks forward to serving our clients with impeccable customer service while being able to promote an ECO-friendly, long lasting, energy efficient construction solution for your needs with commercial roofing in San Antonio, TX and other general commercial contractual needs. At Longhorn Commercial Roofing our goal at building a better world for not only our clients and their customers but for future generations to come through foresight, innovation and most of all uncompromised integrity is but just a call away. If you are looking for commercial roofing in San Antonio, TX or any other related needs then do not hesitate to give us a call today to speak with one of our professional representatives who will answer your questions.


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