5 of the Most Common Causes of Commercial Roofing Failures

by May 22, 2023

Many of us are familiar with Murphy’s Law, which states that if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong. But did you know there are other “laws” as well? For example, this is Murphy’s Sixth Law:  “If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.” 

Therefore, we are going to look at five of the most common causes of commercial roofing failures, be prepared for each one, and not be too surprised if something goes wrong. By preparing, perhaps these five just won’t happen. 

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Lack of Maintenance

This is a common reason for commercial roofs to fail. We tend to have a “replace it and forget it” approach to a roofing system. Also, we tend to believe that if we can’t see it, then it must be working. However, without proper regular maintenance, we won’t know if there are clogs in the drainage system, scratches, and dents in the roof surface, or areas of damage that have become compromised. Be sure to do yearly inspections and fix any areas that could become future problems. 

Poor Installation

Place your trust in a worthy professional commercial roofing contractor in Portage when it is time to repair, inspect, or replace your roofing system. By using the least expensive option, you may have to pay more in the long run for repairs. However, using the most expensive contractor could be money wasted as well. Be sure to ask for references when you are considering a roofing contractor, and learn from your friends, family, and neighbors just who this company is, and what they stand for. After all, it’s your building and your money. Protect them both wisely.  

Improper Materials

Just as the contractor is important to screen, be sure to know the proper type of roofing material you need for your building. Using the wrong materials could create issues down the road. For example, restaurants should have a roofing system that can withstand animal fats and grease. The wrong system could break down as the years of cooking and exhaust continue. Have a question-filled conversation with the roofing contractor you are considering using. They should be able to properly provide the answers you need when considering a roofing material. 

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Standing Water

Be sure your roofing system has proper drainage. If the slope isn’t steep enough, the water will just puddle and weaken the roof. Also, if the gutter system is clogged, the water cannot flow freely which will also create complications. Before too long, animals could find a comfy home on your flat roof if there is water available. 


Is the roofing surface walked on regularly? If so, then there could be areas of puncture. Make sure to have a strong enough surface if this will be the case. A thin weak roofing material could puncture easily and more complications can occur. Especially if regular maintenance (see above) is avoided. 

Be sure to place your full confidence in a roofing contractor who will make sure these steps are secure and prepared for what may come their way. It takes a team effort to keep a roof ready to face the elements and keep the building contents protected. Alamo Roofing Contractors in Portage has your best interest at heart. We are a reputable, reliable roofing contractor ready to assist with your commercial roofing needs, and keeping Murphy, and his laws, far from you. 

Give us a call today and let’s discuss your commercial roofing project

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