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Can A Commercial Roof Be Replaced In The Rain?

Can A Commercial Roof Be Replaced In The Rain?

Can A Commercial Roof Be Replaced In The Rain?

What protects your business inventory, machinery, supplies, front office, and employees? Your company’s roof. You are wise to take good care of your roof, but what if you need your commercial low-slope roof replaced immediately? Can a commercial roof be replaced in the rain?

Big Blow

Storm season in the southeastern United States affects more than the coastline. Inland, major cities and industrial hubs bear the brunt of pelting rain, high winds, flooding, and downed power lines. Industrial roofs are susceptible to all sorts of storm hazards:

  • Wind uplift
  • Membrane peelback
  • Battered roof hatches
  • Dislodged roof vents
  • Damaged HVAC units
  • Torn membrane from wind-borne debris
  • Ripped-up flashing

These hazards cause roof leaks, ponding, damp insulation, open seams, and other roofing damage. 

Ready Answers

Your helpful, nearby commercial roofer is ready with answers to all your roofing challenges. Having your roof prepared for storm season helps:

  • Waterproof coatings
  • Removing all loose items from your roof
  • Thorough inspection
  • Trimming back overhanging trees
  • Spot repair
  • Rooftop cleaning

Yet no roofer can work miracles like replacing a low-slope roof in the rain. 

Not an Answer

Most commercial roofs are replaced not by reroofing (a new roof over an old one) but by tear-off and complete replacement. Tear-off exposes insulation and your roof deck. Neither part of your roofing system should ever get wet, so rainy day roof replacement is not an answer. 

Removing the roof is always risky. Doing so in the rain is asking for:

  • Water infiltration
  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Sick employees

But They Said …

Unfortunately for roofers everywhere, you can always find a disreputable roofer willing to promise everything and deliver very little. If you are desperate, you will uncover a commercial roofer willing to replace your roof in the rain. 

These storm chasers emerge after significant storms to capitalize on everyone’s pain and suffering. They will roll out a subpar membrane even in the rain, barely seal its seams, pop down a few mechanical fasteners, and disappear. 

You will be stuck with a nasty, sodden mess. And you will need a new roof — a real roof — within years if not months. No reputable roofer will offer to replace a commercial roof in bad weather. Contact us today at Rackley Roofing if you own a commercial property in the southeastern United States. We look forward to applying our expertise to your company’s roofing needs, from asset management to complete roof replacement, weather permitting!

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