If you own a commercial or industrial building you need to know about all the things that may potentially affect it. Particularly for properties with flat roofs, moisture is a dangerous threat. Understanding what types of moisture exist and how it can affect the integrity of your roof is extremely important.
The types of moisture that can affect your roof may be caused by elements that you’d least expect. Your roof is the first line of defence for your business and unforeseen problems can be devastating for profitability, if not dealt with in advance.
Moisture can sometimes become trapped during construction, even before a building is occupied. Dry walling and painting as well as concrete curing can release moisture that had previously been trapped into the atmosphere. A professional industrial roofing company can work to ensure that this does not occur.
Simply having people in your building can create moisture. The effects of your workforce simply going about their daily routines can in turn create different levels of moisture within the atmosphere:
- Limited levels of moisture – As warm air drifts upwards, taking moisture with it, it can become trapped between the roof membrane and insulation. Ideally your building will have two layers of insulation as well as staggered joints. Where only one insulation layer is installed, cover boards may provide addition protection.
- Higher levels of moisture – A build of condensation can prove to be extremely harmful to your roof. It may particularly prevalent in buildings housing such things as a gym or swimming pool where low-slope roof moisture may occur. Other types of businesses that create a hot and maybe steamy environment may also be affected. During construction or modification, ventilation and air conditioning should have been installed to specifically take care of harmful moisture.
Heading off potential roof moisture could in the long term save your business a large outlay. Preventative maintenance of your building and premises can be as essential as an effective advertising campaign if it means that money is saved.
If have any concerns regarding the ongoing state of your roof or whether moisture may be an issue for you going forward, give the London experts a call on 020 8938 3498