5 Indications That Your Commercial Rubber Roof Requires Replacement

Are you wondering if it's time to replace that roof? If you have a commercial roof made of rubber, the signs may be more apparent than with other roofing materials. While these types of roofs are easy to install and maintain, their construction makes them vulnerable to weather exposure and impact or frictional forces. While it's easy to keep looking, you'll have to consider roof replacement at some point. When can you tell?

1. Blistering or Cracking

Cracking or blistering can happen over time as the membrane weakens from exposure to UV rays, extreme weather conditions, and any number of other factors. It's important to address these issues quickly since they will only worsen over time, leading to further damage and higher repair costs.

2. Leaking

Any roof can start leaking from time to time, but with a rubber roof, it's a much more serious issue. This is because the roof is not completely waterproof, so even if you spot and repair a single leak, there could be other unseen issues lurking just beneath the surface.

If your roof has been leaking for an extended period of time, it may be time to opt for a full replacement instead of waiting for the next problem area to appear.

3. Ponding Water

Another common sign that your roof needs replacing is when standing water (or "ponding") starts appearing on top of it after storms or heavy rains. Ponding water can cause serious damage to any roof, but it's especially dangerous on a rubber roof since the membrane can become stretched and weakened over time. If you notice water pooling up anywhere on your roof, it may be time to consider a full roof replacement.

4. Deterioration

The sun is one of the biggest enemies of any roof, so watch out for signs of premature aging such as curling edges or thinning material. This can lead to problems such as roof punctures, roof failure, and even roof collapse. If your roof is showing signs of severe deterioration, it's probably time to think about getting a new one.

5. Extensive Tearing and Puncturing

Unfortunately, rubber roofing is prone to being punctured due to its thin and lightweight construction. Even a small hole can cause major damage unless it's fixed quickly. If your roof has been frequently punctured or torn, it's likely time for a full replacement.

It can be hard to tell when a roof needs replacing, but if you keep an eye out for these key indicators of roof trouble, you may be able to catch the problem before it gets too serious. Pay special attention to blistering, leaking, ponding water, deterioration, and extensive tearing and puncturing, all signs that your commercial rubber roof could use some serious attention (or even a complete overhaul). Call your roofer today to schedule an inspection and determine whether you need a rubber roof replacement.

If you have questions, read more about roofing or talk to a professional.