Single-ply roofing materials are popular flat roofing options, thanks to their relatively low cost and energy efficiency. However, these materials are also vulnerable to puncture damage. Elite Roofing Solutions discusses the common causes of roofing punctures and what you can do to prevent and repair them.
The most common cause of roofing punctures is foot traffic. Roofs are obviously not as accessible to the public like sidewalks are, but they do get their fair share of foot traffic from HVAC and satellite technicians, painters and plumbers. Accidental punctures may be caused by misplaced tools or by stepping on loose gravel or debris. Carelessly tossed lit cigarette butts may also burn holes on the roofing material.
Punctures are not always caused by humans. High winds may toss sharp-edged debris onto your roof. Wild animals and birds may climb on the roof and peck or tear at the roofing surface. Small punctures are enough to let rainwater into the roofing substrate.
Addressing and Preventing Punctures
One of the greatest advantages of single-ply roofing is that it is easily repairable. Punctures can be fixed using specially designed patches, which are applied using heat or adhesive. Professional roofers like us make sure that we use shoes that do not have hard edges. We also have specific installation and repair processes to minimize the chances of accidentally creating punctures.
Taking preventive measures is the ideal option when managing single-ply roofs. If your roof will have a rooftop cafe or other purposes where high foot traffic is expected, then you should look into getting a built-up roof instead. Alternatively, lanes made of more durable material can be installed on top of a single-ply roof. Service personnel may be advised to wear shoe covers, or you may implement strict guidelines on the type of shoes that can be worn on the roof. Most importantly, regular roofing inspections will let you catch punctures and address them before they result in further damage.
Elite Roofing Solutions is your leading provider of commercial and residential roofing options, including tile roofing. Give us a call at (281) 741-5924, or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in The Woodlands, TX.