Leaks can be a common problem for industrial and commercial buildings, especially if the roof is not properly maintained over the years. The good news is that you can prevent leaks by being prepared and taking certain steps to keep you roof in optimal condition. Regular inspection of your roof will help to identify any problem areas or weak spots, so you can repair them before serious damage is caused.
5 Tips to Prevent Roof Leaks
Even if you do not reside in a wet climate, the weather is unpredictable and rain can happen at any time. Small leaks in a roof can allow rainwater into the roof membranes causing rot and mold. You may not always be able to identify small leaks and cracks, but a trained professional can. To get the most out of your roof, take advantage of the tips below and ensure your commercial building stays watertight for years to come.
- Regular Inspections: You should have a professional contractor inspect your roof regularly throughout the year and especially after big storms. They can quickly identify potential leaks and can also provide repair services before any serious damage occurs.
- Check Shingles: Severe weather can move shingles around or tear them away completely, so if you notice any damaged or missing shingles, contact a roofer right away.
- Check Flashing: The flashing around vents and pipes can develop leaks where the seams are present, so you need to check these often to prevent larger leaks.
- Keep Gutters Clear: Snowfall or ice allows ice dams to form which will block your gutters. Melted water can flow then under the shingles and cause rot and mold. Check for signs of ice damage and ice dams after winter storms have passed through.
- Trim Trees: Trees may add an aesthetic appeal to your buildings but they can also cause damage. They not only encourage the buildup of algae and moss which can spread to the roof but branches can scratch the surface or break free and cause dents or punctures. Keep all trees trimmed back away from the roof.
You want to stay ahead of leaks, either preventing them from occurring at all or finding them early enough to fix them. Contact us right away should you notice a leak and also just to perform regular inspections of your property. We understand you have a business to run and will make sure we get your roof taken care of and in optimal condition without too much disruption to your business.