Common Causes of Commercial Roofing Leaks

Roof LeaksIf you own a commercial company, you might not spend a ton of time thinking about the overall well-being of your business’ roof. But you should devote at least some of your time to it, since a roof repair or roof replacement could cost you valuable time and money. There are a handful of common causes of commercial roofing leaks that you can actively look to avoid to prevent roof problems. Check out a few of those causes below.

Ponding water

Many commercial properties have flat roofs on them. And as long as these roofs are drained properly, you don’t have to worry about ponding water becoming a problem. But unfortunately, drainage issues or even just a poorly designed roof can lead to ponding water, which can lead to leaks over time. You don’t ever want to have water just sitting on your roof, so if you notice that you do, you should actively take steps to make sure it doesn’t sit there anymore.

Damaged roofing membrane

The membrane on a commercial roof is subjected to many forms of damage over the years. Often times, it will split, blister, or crack and cause small holes to open up on the roof. These holes will allow water to seep inside of a building and cause further issues. A commercial roofing company will usually be able to repair small holes, but that could become difficult and even impossible in some cases if you don’t address a damaged roofing membrane early.


Commercial roofs aren’t meant to last forever. In fact, the average commercial roof is built to last for somewhere between 15 and 20 years, depending on the type of material used during installation. If you maintain your roof properly, you can get more life out of it. But at some point, it just won’t be able to protect your business anymore, and you will need to replace it before it starts leaking. It’s a good idea to monitor it once it starts getting older and to have a qualified roofing company inspect it every so often to check for signs of leaks.

At Ray Roofing Supply, we understand that a commercial roofing leak could jeopardize your entire business. We can repair or replace commercial roofs and tell you more about the common causes of leaks. Call us at 330-452-8109 today to get all of the information you need about commercial roofs.