Ponding Water on the Roof Leads to Roof Damage

There are many factors that can lead to problems on your commercial roof. One of the most common is one you may not have thought about. Did you know that ponded water on your commercial roof can lead to significant roof damage? Even if there are no leaks?

Water: One of the Greatest Enemies of Flat Roofs

flat-roof-ponding-waterFlat roofs are one of most common types for commercial buildings. Strictly speaking, flat roofs aren’t actually “flat” but have only a very slight pitch. Because they aren’t as pitched as other roof types, they don’t drain as efficiently, and this can lead to the problem of ponding water.

Ponding water is what we call water that accumulates on a roof and remains there for 48 hours or longer.

When ponding water develops, many problems can ensue, including:

  • Accelerated erosion and deterioration of the membrane surface
  • Premature roof system failure
  • Decrease in insulation’s thermal resistance as it’s compacted
  • Damage to roof deck
  • Potential further damage to building interior
  • Unwanted vegetation and algae growth
  • Accumulation of contaminants

Preventing ponding water is a matter of proper roof design and installation in the first place as well as proactive maintenance over the life of the roof. Fundamentally, it all boils down to having the services of a knowledgeable, dependable roofing contractor.

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Written by: Cami Cox
Cami Cox
Cami is one of the main writers at Choice Roof Contractor Group. Leveraging her unique background in the space and more than a decade of professional writing experience, she has written countless articles on the various aspects of commercial roofs and has gained the respect of building owners and contractors across the country.