Summer is right around the corner and some days it feels like it is already here. It is important to realize that the surface of your commercial roofing can reach extreme temperatures during the summer months and this can cause damage if you are not prepared. Constant UV exposure can damage roofing membranes and cause cracks. So you need to get your roof prepared for the summer heat. The first thing commercial building owners need to do is to develop a maintenance plan. This is the best way to prevent damage to your roof during extreme heat. Regular maintenance and inspections also allow you to identify any damage before it gets worse which can prevent more expensive problems and structural damage.
Preparing your Commercial Roof for the Summer
Work with a licensed commercial roofing contractor to get an inspection done before the summer arrives. They will inspect both the inside and outside to ensure your roof is up for the challenge of the summer heat. The following signs are important to look for as they may indicate prior damage that you will want to fix before the heat arrives.
- Discolored or water-stained ceilings
- Cracked walls or masonry
- Deteriorated areas on the walls below the roof deck
- Loose or buckled flashing
- Nails or screws backing out through the roof membrane
- Bald or bare spots on the surface from UV damage
- Cracks, blisters, or punctures in the roof membrane
- Gaps in any caulking around roof penetrations (vents or HVAC units)
By regularly inspecting and maintaining your commercial roof, you can identify problems before the summer heat arrives. Work with an experienced professional to make sure all damage is found and immediately fixed. Don’t let the summer heat destroy your roof and empty your wallet. A damaged roof can lead to injuries as well as a loss on your investment, so call us today and we will help you prepare for those summer rays.