When it comes to unexpected leaks, water damage affects more than just the roof. The walls and the floors below are also subject to harm. A common issue we see with commercial roof leaks is falling ceiling tiles with unsightly water stains. Even worse, ruined equipment can result in severe financial and productivity losses. As you rush to dry out the building with fans or dehumidifiers, you may wonder if you need to shut down until you can schedule an emergency roof repair for your commercial property.
Besides leaks, damaged roofs can drive up utility costs. The roof is a central part of your building’s thermal envelope, and any hole can leak in air and send your HVAC system into overdrive. Water damage can further contribute, soaking through and ruining insulation. The troubles don’t end there. Wet floors can pose a slipping hazard. If you don’t mop wet floors and place appropriate signage in time, your HR department might get involved. Leaks that went unnoticed for too long can attract insects, adding another strain on your maintenance staff.
On top of all the ensuing issues, you still have to deal with the cause of the problem. The average cost to replace a flat roof can range from $5-$10 per square foot, which is no small job. If failure was unexpected, you might not have the budget to cover repair costs. With the financial strain from damaged equipment or other issues, finding room for a repair or replacement cost is stressful.
And, where do you even begin when it comes to finding a roofer to make the repair? If you had the roof installed or repaired recently, and it failed again, you may be wary of bringing in the same contractor. Emergency commercial roof repairs in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware often correlate with nasty weather. An uptick in hail, wind and storm damage draws in untrustworthy storm chasers, who will be unavailable as soon as you notice an issue. Some roofers can have slow response times, only made worse by an increase in local emergency repairs.
How do you find a fast, reliable solution that won’t cost more than you can afford?