Business owners and executives generally spend their time attending to important matters such as oversight, development, and operations. With all the different matters under their supervision, their company’s commercial roof is the likely among the least of their worries. Chances are they may only feel obligated to take a second look if it becomes problematic. Roof construction is often taken for granted, but proper commercial roof maintenance is a must for large and small businesses alike. While it may be costly, this necessary investment should be taken seriously. Consider the possibility for inventory loss during significant leaks, the cost of downtime due to long repairs, or even the potential for accidents caused by damaged roofing. The following are some maintenance tips to help extend the life and safety of your commercial roof.
- Create a Roof Maintenance Plan
A roof maintenance plan will make it easier for you to keep track of inspections, damages, and repairs. A well-formulated and executed plan may extend a roof’s life by detecting issues before they arise. First, collect and document all available information about the roof in question. Gather documentation about the original roof plan, equipment installations, inspection reports, and repair records. From there, it’s best to keep track of every additional roof-related activity. You may also wish to take and save pictures for clarity during this documentation process. Finally, any maintenance plan should also identify and document any regularly scheduled cleaning.
- Regular Roof Cleaning
Regular roof cleaning will prevent leaks, slow the growth of mold and mildew, and prevent sudden roof collapse or damage due to unnecessary weight. Without regular cleaning, dirt and debris will likely accumulate, potentially damaging the roof’s construction. Unattended debris can quickly gather in gutters and eventually clog them, causing improper drainage, which can lead to leaks and rusting, and may also attract rodents and insects. Furthermore, be sure to remove any precarious or hazardous tree limbs. If trees surround your building, make sure to trim them regularly to reduce the risk of costly damages to your roof.
- Maintenance and Inspection Timing
Regularly scheduled commercial roof inspections save time and money by identifying and addressing minor roof repairs before they become major issues. It is advised that property owners consult a roofing professional as soon as drips or leaks appear. Experts recommend that properties be regularly inspected at least twice annually. Deficiencies will likely be identified during these inspections, and a roofing professional will recommend the best course of action moving forward. You should also be aware that some roof warranties require you to follow an appropriate maintenance schedule. If your roof is in fact under warranty, be sure to adhere to the proper conditions to avoid losing coverage.
- Act Promptly
Basic routine checks can often be done without hiring a professional. Be sure to look, listen, and assess your roof’s condition often during inclement weather. Be aware and stay vigilant for signs of drips, water stains, mildew, or peeling paint on the interior. If heavy equipment is located on the roof, or if your area receives heavy snow, inspect beams and trusses often for rust, rot, or significant cracks. Check for loose panels on metal roofs, or loose and missing pieces if you have shingles. When you encounter issues, act quickly. Don’t delay repairs, if at all possible. While different solutions can be adapted to your specific needs, adhering to a strict budget requires issues to be addressed before or as soon as they arise.
The roof is an essential component of any structure, especially commercial buildings. If it’s in good condition, your employees and inventory should be adequately protected from the harsh elements. However, if it’s damaged in any way, you risk compromising the health and safety of your staff, as well as the quality of your business operations. If you’re concerned about the condition of your commercial roof, we encourage you to contact us. We’d love to clear up any questions you may have in this regard.