Commercial roofing is exposed to the elements but protects your building. You need to take care of the roofing in order for it to properly take care of the building. Regular maintenance on your commercial roofing is the best way to make sure that it will continue to do its job for many years to come.
Summer Maintenance for Commercial Roofing
Check for Signs of a Problem
The best thing you can do to avoid significant problems for your commercial roofing is to perform regular checks on the roof. The top three things you should look at include:
- Age: the older your commercial roofing gets, the more likely it will require repairs. Eventually, even the best commercial roofing will need to be replaced. Keeping track of the roof’s age can help you properly plan for and budget for repairs and replacement.
- Moisture: One of the most damaging things for your commercial roof is water. The worst of all is standing water that does not drain properly. If you notice moisture or see signs of water damage on the interior of the roof, it is important that you figure out where it’s coming from and fix it right away.
- Roof Condition: Never wait until you notice a serious condition. This is a recipe for disaster. It is important that you work with a local commercial roofer to inspect and make notes on the general condition of the roof at regular intervals. Problems can be identified before they become serious.
Other Places to Check
In addition to keeping track of the age, general condition, and potential moisture damage on the roof, there are a couple of other areas you should be checking. The summer heat and ultraviolet rays as well as lightning, rain, and hail can all take their toll. Regular checks for weather damage are essential for proper roof maintenance. The roofing deck is the support system for your entire commercial roof, and a problem underneath can cause significant problems up on top. Thoroughly inspect the roofing deck for signs of damage. If you find anything, repair it right away to avoid having it become a bigger and more expensive problem later. Another problem common on commercial roofing is lift. This occurs when winds lift portions of the roof. If your roof is not in good condition, wind can tear and remove sections of the roofing apart or damage the seams. This leaves spaces where moisture can leak in. As your local roofing contractor, we will check your commercial roofing to locate any sections that need repair.
Make Small Repairs As You Find Them
Whenever a problem on your commercial roofing is identified, it needs to be repaired immediately. Whether it’s a broken seal, pooling water, or missing granules, repairs are needed. Any of these can leave a roof exposed to UV rays, and these small issues can quickly become big problems if they are not addressed right away.
Check for Drainage Issues
Water is a real threat to your roofing and if it is not draining away properly you end up with pooled water. Water does not drain away from lat commercial roofing as easily as sloped residential housing. After a rainstorm, it’s advisable to go up on the roof and look for areas where the water isn’t draining properly. Pooled water can lead to mold and mildew growth, and can wear down your roofing materials, causing leaks.
Schedule Roof Inspections
Even if you regularly get up on your roof to check things out it is best to have regular inspections done by a roofing contractor. As professionals, we understand the things to look for that might not be an obvious problem until later. We also have all the necessary equipment to make repairs right away as well as the expertise to avoid damaging the roof during the inspection.