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  • Writer's pictureSue Nassiri

Roof Membrane Punctures: What Causes Them?

Single-ply roofing membranes are complex roofing systems used in commercial properties. They have longer lifespans and offer better durability than their residential counterparts. Despite this, they are not impervious to damage, especially punctures.

What Causes Roof Punctures?

Punctures on membrane roofs develop due to various causes. Here’s a look at some of the most common:

  • Foot Traffic HVAC technicians, plumbers, satellite providers and other personnel frequently use the roof as a work platform. They may accidentally drop tools and other hazardous materials onto the roof membrane, causing damage. This, along with foot traffic, can cause punctures and tears on the roof membrane.

  • Wild Animals Raccoons, squirrels, birds and even stray cats can gain access to the rooftop. In addition to turning it into their breeding grounds, some of these creatures may scratch or peck the surfaces, causing punctures.

  • Severe Weather Storm damage to a commercial roof can also lead to punctures. Hailstones that fall from the sky batter the roof surface, causing holes and tears. Punctures can also occur as a result of wind-carried debris. Mechanical equipment mounted on the roof can become dislodged in some situations, ripping the surrounding membrane away and exposing the roofing substrate.

How to Prevent Roof Punctures

As frustrating as roof punctures are to deal with, they are avoidable. Preventive maintenance enables you to ensure the membrane roofing system's entire functionality. To preserve your investment, schedule inspections at least twice or three times a year with one of the most reliable roofing contractors in the area.

When trees loom above a commercial site, trimming back their branches is imperative. This prevents wayward branches and leaves from accumulating on the roof surface, which could result in more punctures. Additionally, by installing walking pads on some sections of the roof, the surface is protected from continuous foot activity.

When it comes to roof repair and replacement, A1 Quality Roofing, Inc. can definitely deliver. With our trained and experienced team, we’ll make sure the work is done perfectly right the first time. Call us today at (951) 877-4406, or fill out our contact form to schedule your roof evaluation today. We’d love to hear from you, and we look forward to working with you!

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