A roof is the most critical part of any structure, and keeping you roof in good repair should be a top priority in order to extend its life or prolong the need for full replacement.
As with any building (commercial or residential), it’s important to keep all drains clear of debris and, of course, to have a reliable, professional roof repair company on hand. If problems arise, you need to be prepared to take action.
So, what else should you consider when it comes to roof maintenance? Keep reading! We’ve compiled the industry’s top preventative maintenance tips for you to keep in your back pocket.
1. Don’t Avoid Leaks
A seeping roof is extremely dangerous.
Don’t allow your business to suffer from blocked drains or standing roof water that can leak into your business’ attic or air duct systems. Repair costs can be significant.
The moment you notice a leak, get a repair crew out immediately. If neglected, the damage could lead to electrical damage, equipment/product damage or worse—roof collapse.
Do yourself a favor. If you notice water, bite the bullet and get a repair done while the leak is small.
2. Get Your Roof Inspected Regularly
Have a trusted professional come out and take a look at your roof every year. Yes. Every year.
Regular preventative maintenance allows inspection crews to keep an eye out for leaks and sagging.
Weak spots in roofs eventually lead to some sort of failure. And preventative maintenance plans help to do just as the name suggests: PREVENT costly damage and replacement.
Look for a local commercial roofing company who gives restoration estimates in their maintenance reports so that you’re financially prepared if the worst case scenario occurs.
3. Don’t Walk on the Roof
Unless you’re a professional, do not walk on your business’ roof. It can cause lasting damage and impact its life expectancy.
Oftentimes, the installation of walk pads can be a wise investment. These walkways are stabilized independently of the main roof’s construction, and allow inspectors to walk freely on the roof without fear of damaging it.
Walk pads give ease of access to the professionals you hire and can be easily removed, if necessary.
4. Only Hire Professional Roof Repair Companies
It’s essential to have a professional roof repair company on call. When looking for a company capable of repairing and maintaining your roof, make sure they are certified.
Experienced companies give estimates and recommendations for any damage that your roof may have acquired, which can include thermal requirements for your building, vapor flow and the ventilation capabilities your business needs.
Professionals can also give a detailed safety plan, inclusive of what’s needed to do any sort of hot work (which requires permits). These plans and permits keep your employees safe, as well as the contractors!
5. Keep Your Roof Clean as Possible
Like any building, it’s important to keep your roof clean and free of debris.
This means twigs, leaves and even rocks. Loose material can lead to clogs (aka standing water) and promote the growth of algae, which escalates the rate of roof deterioration. It’s also important to keep the AC units clear of things that may accumulate from wind.
If your roof was the victim of a severe storm and is currently buried under a pile of leaves, call your contractor and have them come out to give it a good scrub.
A clean roof is a safe roof. Do not take on keeping it clean yourself.
6. Make Sure Your Roof Equipment is Functioning
Something as simple as a leaky air conditioning unit can severely damage your roof.
When inspecting your roof regularly, make sure you’re also examining your heating and cooling systems. Have a professional maintenance crew come out to check and repair the units as needed.
Keeping the vents sealed will help your building’s efficiency in the long run, as well. If you notice the vents are damaged and leaking, act immediately and get them repaired.
7. Get Snow Cleared in Winter Months
Snow is fun for a while, but after a few straight days of accumulation, issues can arise. Regular roof maintenance is often inclusive of flat roof snow removal.
If your business is located in an area that experiences winter weather, put a winter snow removal plan in place. The last thing you want to see after driving ice covered roads to work is a desk covered with snow.
Need More Roof Maintenance Tips?
When it comes to keeping your roof clean and in good repair, it’s essential to hire a reliable company.
A professional crew can put your building on a regular maintenance schedule and will be there if you have an emergency need for repair or removal of debris. Our team is always ready to help if you’d like a quote or have questions on prevention and repair. We offer many commercial services, from restoration to new installation of metal roofing, and have decades of experience to address any need or situation.