There are so many reasons to put HVAC systems on commercial roofs that it’s easy to overlook some of the hazards of doing so. These hazards are fairly easy to mitigate, but it is important to keep them in mind so the roof doesn’t end up getting damaged by the presence of the HVAC units or those who maintain them. Here are some of the effects that you should take steps to prevent.
Damage from Foot Traffic
HVAC systems need regular maintenance in order to continue working well. This means that technicians have to go up on the roof on a repeated basis. Foot traffic on a commercial roof leads to wear and tear, which can involve premature granule loss, cracking, and tearing. The membrane can also be directly damaged.
To prevent this, have a roofer install walkway protection pads along the intended pathway from roof access to the HVAC unit and any other rooftop equipment. These strengthen the roof in the areas most likely to be walked over.
Damage from Improper HVAC Unit Installation
Even though roofs are strong, it is important for HVAC units to be installed properly. It is recommended to have a commercial roofer present during the work to ensure that the methods used are compatible with your roofing system and will keep the roof system compliant with local building codes. It’s far easier and cheaper to prevent damage this way than it is to have it revealed later and have to get it fixed.
Leaks Caused by HVAC Problems
If the HVAC system develops leaks, water can pool at its base. This water, if it doesn’t drain quickly, may eventually work its way through some roof systems and cause leaks.. Make sure that your roof installation includes some sort of drainage solution in order to prevent pooling. Also, have your HVAC system inspected and maintained regularly to help keep it from leaking to begin with.
Contact Perry Roofing
To have walkway protection installed, or to schedule a roofer to come for your rooftop commercial HVAC installation, contact Perry Roofing in Florida. We’re always happy to help.