If you own a business or manage a large commercial facility, you already have a lot on your hands in your day-to-day operations. The last thing you want to have to think about is the condition of the roof over your head or the air conditioner that keeps you and your workers comfortable. But before you know it, you might find both of these problems emerging at the same time. In fact, the condition of your roof could be directly impacted by a faulty or leaky heating or air conditioning unit, with the former causing serious damage to the latter that could result in expensive repairs or even worse, more serious consequences. Let’s take a look at what hazards a broken HVAC unit could mean for your roof.
Condensation & Pooling
HVAC units produce a lot of condensation, especially when they run frequently and often, as many commercial units do. Those that are relied upon to cool large spaces and massive amounts of air will no doubt produce a lot of condensation, particularly when the air outside is also extremely humid. When an HVAC unit is in good working condition, it will be able to vaporize this condensation. Those that are not in peak condition won’t be able to keep up with this demand. Normally, excess condensation is carried away by a drain, but over time drains clog, which leads to pooling and stagnant water, which is extremely harmful to your roof.
HVAC technicians may be extremely knowledgeable and experienced in their craft, but their craft doesn’t involve roofing, so they often don’t know how to walk on a commercial roof in a way that doesn’t damage it. Maintenance, repairs, and other services to an air conditioning unit may all involve a technician (or several) along with possibly the presence of equipment on a potentially delicate commercial roof that wasn’t designed for foot traffic.
If your roof doesn’t have pads or other indicators to show where it’s safe to walk, you might want to consider installing them, particularly in a way that leads to your air conditioning unit. Generally, technicians who know where it’s safe to walk and will cause the least damage will stick to these routes, which can minimize or eliminate roof damage during air conditioning services and inspections.
If your air conditioner is not repaired or installed properly, it’s only a matter of time before issues start cropping up and damaging both your roof and the air conditioner itself. If you find you’re constantly having to repair the same problem, this is usually an indicator that something wasn’t properly installed the first time. For example, you have a consistent leak in the same spot in your roof that you’ve had to have repaired every year at the start of winter, odds are that spot on your roof is actually being damaged by something that is improperly installed. Anything on your roof could do this, but in our past we’ve found that air conditioners or heating units are pretty common culprits. Make sure you choose your air conditioning contractor carefully—a good technician backed by a solid company will be able to fix the problem and perform the service properly to avoid any of these issues, but a sub-par company could do serious damage to your roof, costing you thousands or extra dollars in the long run.
If you do need to have an air conditioning technician come out to work on your roof, it’s strongly advised you also call your commercial roofer to check on your roof after the fact and make sure any issues that may have emerged are repaired quickly. At Bronco Roofing & Construction, we place the highest priority on keeping your business running smoothly, meaning we do everything we can to fix any issues correctly the first time to prevent any down time. Our Fort Worth commercial roofers deliver top-quality products and expert service backed by more than 25 years of experience for all types of commercial roofing, including both flat and pitch roofs over buildings of all shapes and sizes.Contact Bronco Roofing & Construction today at (817) 241-2303 to receive a free estimate and find out how we can fix your roof so you can worry about what matters most, your business!