Commercial roofs are a key but often overlooked part of successful business operations. The roof of the building separates it from the elements, helping to maintain a comfortable indoor climate and protecting the people and assets inside. Proper maintenance and regular inspections ensure that this important coverage continues to function without adversely affecting profits.
Check for problems after extreme weather
After heavy rain, strong winds or snowfall, the most obvious is the surface damage caused by weathering or environmental hazards. Visual signs, such as stagnant or foaming materials, often mean trouble. The material of the joint between the protective structural wall and its cover should be inspected for loose or missing parts.
Schedule regular inspections
Twice a year is the best way to keep the commercial roof in top shape. A professional inspection is recommended, but some building owners will check for damage and then call the contractor for an in-depth diagnosis. In best practice, inspections are scheduled for early spring and late autumn, just after the harshest season.
Stay alert to signs of water damage
Neglected repairs will eventually appear inside the building. Dyed ceiling tiles and discolored walls may indicate deterioration or damage to the decorative material, while bumps or cracks may imply a greater range of damage. Discolored or rotted sashes also indicate moisture or water damage that may be associated with the roof, as well as signs of mold inside or outside the structure.
Keep the gutter system clean and clean
The gutter system takes water away from the building. Blocked drains or drains often interfere with drainage, causing rain and moisture to accumulate in certain areas. The system should be cleaned twice a year, but storms and winds sometimes require more frequent cleaning.
Raise or remove nearby trees
The overhanging trees cause some harm. Branches damaged by death or storm may fall, puncture or scratch the roof. Trees also drop leaves, pine nuts, sap and other debris onto the surface beneath them, which usually leads to deterioration. Owners should regularly remove dead branches that threaten their buildings and keep healthy limbs trimmed so that they do not touch the structure.
Close summer sunshine
Harmful UV rays can shorten the life of traditional commercial roofs, while hot sunny days often increase energy costs. Cool Roofs is a cost-effective solution. Coatings and single-layer films provide protection for flat coverings, and tilting types benefit from light-colored tiles or coated metals. In the summer, these products can reduce the roof temperature by 50 to 60 degrees.
Investing in commercial roof maintenance plans
Many contractors provide maintenance kits to extend the life of the structural cover. These plans usually include regular inspections, as well as other preventive care services such as resealing. A maintenance plan gives you peace of mind and makes it easy to spot problems early, minimizing future accidental expenses.
Commercial roofing materials have an expected life of 25 to 40 years or more. Proper maintenance, timely maintenance and proper preventive care are the most effective ways to maximize the performance of structural coverage.