Rubber is more durable than many roofing materials and requires less maintenance. Although it generally withstands the rigors of harsh weather, rubber is not immune to puncturing. When there is a break in its surface, it will result in water infiltration. As a consequence, the substrate and the building interiors under threat of moisture damage.
In today’s post, Creative Construction Group talks why rubber roofing membrane punctures and how to prevent them.
Wildlife – Most commercial and residential roofing contractors will agree that the presence of critters could compromise the structural integrity of rubber membranes. Many mammals, such as raccoons, can scratch their surfaces just by wandering the rooftop and some birds peck when foraging for insects.
Foot Traffic – The friction between shoes and roofing membranes can lead to damage. Even if your rooftop has limited access to building occupants, HVAC technicians can puncture the surface of a rubber roof during equipment checkups.
Impact of Dropped Tools – Like large hailstones, heavy tools can add some stress to the membranes when dropped. When left unaddressed, undiscovered punctures can trigger premature roofing installation.
Preventive Maintenance – Some puncture causes are practically impossible to stop, but they can be fixed quickly with regular inspections and timely repairs. Creative Construction Group can attest that patching up holes can prevent leaks effectively and prolong the service life of a roof.
Access Restriction – Any reliable residential roofing company will advise you make your rooftop off-limits to most building occupants to limit foot traffic. But if you must let people onto your rubber roof, install walkway pads to define accessible areas and protect the rest from premature damage.
Proper HVAC Tradesman Orientation – Instruct your HVAC technicians how to keep your roofing membranes in good shape during the upkeep of your heating and cooling equipment. Make sure there is a procedure in place explaining how to behave while on the rooftop and what to do in case of an accident.
Stay ahead of rubber roof punctures with Creative Construction Group. Call (815) 339-0550 or (309) 413-0110 to set up a consultation with us in Crystal Lake, IL, and other Illinois communities.