Many facilities and warehouses have the HVAC system installed on the roof. Sure, this means a cool building interior that will keep the staff and customers happy. However, the very presence of the system can also be hazardous for the roof’s structural integrity. Find out what’s responsible for HVAC roof problems and how to prevent them.
Standing water can cause a leak and erode the roofing materials. Most HVAC systems utilize water that heats up and evaporates into the air. However, with a worn unit, the water may pool to the floor instead. The HVAC unit should have a discharge system that redirects water to the gutters.
HVAC contractors are not roofers; they’re not trained to look out for the roof’s health. The crew can unknowingly damage the roof by haphazardly tossing tools around or stepping in areas not designed for foot traffic. Whenever you bring in an HVAC technician to perform maintenance, it’s a smart move to also bring in a commercial roofer and have the two work together. A roofer may, for instance, install walk pads around the HVAC system to prevent wear and tear from foot traffic while the unit is being serviced.
It’s best to install the HVAC system during roof construction. This makes it easier for both the HVAC handyman and roofer to collaborate and ensure the HVAC doesn’t inhibit the roof’s installation and vice versa. It’s harder to properly install an HVAC unit if the roof is already in place. An incorrectly installed unit can lead to wind uplift at the separation site and cause the membrane to rip away.
We Stop Common HVAC Roof Problems
Are you having an HVAC unit installed or serviced? Call Urbizo Bros Roofing to have a roofer team up with the technician. View our gallery to see our past handiwork and other services we do for Mukilteo residences and businesses. We ensure that HVAC roofing problems don’t occur by guiding the technician during the installation or maintenance process.
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