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The Roofbase Specification Division recently visited a commercial property for a roof survey, only to be met with a significant ponding of water.  
After recent rainfall, water wasn't draining properly and instead formed large puddles across the roof surface. While seemingly harmless at first glance, ponding water holds the potential for costly and disruptive problems down the line. 

Why ponding can be a problem 

Structural Damage: The weight of accumulated water puts immense strain on the roof structure, increasing the risk of sagging, leaks, and even collapse. 
Material Degradation: Constant exposure to moisture weakens roofing membranes, insulation, and other components, shortening their lifespan and necessitating premature replacements. 
Mould and Mildew Growth: Stagnant water creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew, which can pose health risks to occupants and damage building materials. 
Aesthetic Woes: Let's not forget the unsightly appearance of a roof marred by puddles. 

The Tapered Insulation Advantage 

The good news is, there's a solution to prevent ponding before it causes major headaches.  
Tapered insulation is a specifically designed system that creates a precise slope on the roof deck, ensuring proper water drainage towards scuppers and drains. Here's how it works: 
Pre-sloped panels: Unlike traditional flat insulation boards, tapered panels are manufactured with varying thicknesses, creating a gradual incline across the roof. 
Efficient Drainage: This targeted slope effectively channels water away from the roof surface, preventing ponding and its associated issues. 
Lightweight Advantage: Compared to alternative solutions like adding crickets or raising curbs, tapered insulation offers a lighter weight option, reducing additional load on the roof structure. 
Versatile Applications: Tapered insulation can be used on new construction or retrofitted onto existing roofs, making it a flexible solution for various scenarios. 

Investing in a Long-Term Fix 

While addressing ponding might seem like an immediate expense, it's a wise investment in the long-term health and longevity of your commercial roof. By implementing a tapered insulation system, you can: 
Prevent costly repairs and replacements caused by water damage. 
Increase the lifespan of your roof by protecting its components from moisture. 
Promote a healthy indoor environment by preventing mold and mildew growth. 
Improve the curb appeal of your property with a visually seamless roofline. 

The Roofbase Difference 

The Roofbase Specification Division boasts extensive experience in identifying and resolving roof issues. Our team of experts can assess your specific needs and recommend the optimal solution for your commercial property.  
For more information, email us today. 
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