For many commercial property owners or managers in Toronto, maintenance costs will usually or undoubtedly represent a significant portion of their annual operating budgets. These maintenance expenses can and will include utilities, landscaping, snow removal, and general upkeep (like painting and trash collection) – plus a buffer for costs that are unforeseen or non-recurring, such as repairing, rebuilding, or replacing your flat roofs.
In most cases, flat roofing was likely chosen to save or reduce costs on:
- Energy consumption
However, a poorly installed or malfunctioning flat roof can lead to significant repair/replacement costs due to water penetration and/or mold damage.
There are several factors or situations that can lead to roof leaks. The most common reasons include:
- Pooling or standing water
- Improper installation
- Lack of maintenance
- Weather-related damage
- Tearing or split seams
- Accidental punctures
If left unattended, any water that seeps through the flat roof creates a moist/wet/damp environment that becomes an ideal breeding ground for mold. This type of fungus is opportunistic and very intrusive – it flourishes in such an environment and its damaging effects can extend throughout the building or structure to such areas as the:
- Roofing frame
- Attic insulation
- Interior walls
The extent of the damage could become so severe that the entire roof may need to be rebuilt (either with new flat roofing or by switching to a sloped roof) and the occupants of the building might need to physically relocate elsewhere while extensive clean-up efforts are completed – and one can only shudder when thinking of the cost of such undertakings.
Another negative aspect to undetected mold growth is its possible effects on the health of tenants/employers occupying a building where this fungus is present. Although mold is not toxic, prolonged exposure can lead to coughing/sneezing, irritated throat/eyes, and skin rash.
Therefore, to prevent the possibility of structural damage and health issues that can be attributed to mold penetration, as well as their associated costs and inconvenience, it is imperative that flat roofing be installed, inspected, and maintained by experienced flat roofers such as Avenue Road Roofing.
Regular Flat Roof Inspection And Maintenance Can Prevent Mold Growth
If you are planning to invest in flat roofing for your commercial property in Toronto, it is highly recommended that your installer be commissioned to use the best possible flat roof materials to ensure a long lifecycle and lessen the risk for potential leaks or other issues (such as mold growth).
If flat roofing is currently an aspect of your property, an annual inspection by an experienced contractor, like Avenue Road Roofing, can pay dividends in terms of identifying and addressing/repairing areas where potential leaks or other damage may occur. This can be an especially prudent action in light of the impending winter weather.
For all your flat roofing needs in Toronto, call the experts at Avenue Road Roofing today at 416-785-5129 or contact us for your no-obligation estimate or to book your pre-winter inspection.