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  • Writer's pictureKevin Daly

Best practices while maintaining your commercial roofing system

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” -Benjamin Franklin

1. Get Leaks Fixed Right Away

Ignoring a leaking roof is the worst thing that a commercial building owner could do. Over time, a leak will only get worse and be more expensive to repair. It could cause all types of damage to your building, such as equipment or electrical damage. Even worse, it could cause your roof to collapse. At the first indication that your commercial roof is compromised, contact your roofing contractor right away.

2. Get Your Roof Inspected Twice a Year

It is highly advisable to have a professional roofing contractor inspect your commercial roof twice a year to identify any potential compromises to your roof. Have your roof inspected for any undetected leaks, cracks, sagging or weak spots. Have a roofer check for any possible problems around vents, skylights, eaves and joints. You will especially want to schedule an inspection before winter sets in to avoid confronting roofing issues during freezing temperatures.

3. Avoid Walking on the Roof

The least amount of traffic on your commercial roof, the better. Consider installing walk pads that will stabilize the roof and prevent lasting damage. This can also prolong the lifespan of the roof.

4. Check Your Roof after Bad Storms

Storms that have high wind, hail or heavy snow can cause damage to your commercial roof that might go undetected until it turns into a major issue. It is advisable to have a special inspection after major storms.

5. Keep Your Commercial Roof Clean

Keeping your roof clean can help avoid a buildup of debris that can lead to clogs, algae or mold growth. Any of these issues can lessen the life of your roof. Having regular cleanings and making sure all equipment is clear of debris will protect your commercial investment for the long haul.

6. Regularly Unclog Gutters and Drains

Because rains and storms can direct debris to your roof drainage system, they need cleaned regularly to avoid clogs. Clogged gutters could lead to preventable leaks, mold and mildew and a bunch of other issues for your roof. Check and repair any cracks or loosened gutters or drains.

7. Prune Overhanging Tree Branches

Because falling tree limbs can cause great damage to any roof, it is best practice to have trees pruned regularly. Now only will this eliminate roof damage due to broken limbs, it will better keep your roof clear of falling leaves or nuts. In addition, it will keep your roof from accumulating algae due to lack of sun shining on your commercial roof.

8. Make Sure Your Roof Equipment is Functioning

Faulty equipment on your roof can cause a variety of issues to your commercial roof’s integrity. Leaky air conditions, faulty wiring, unsealed vents are all the things you will want to avoid to protect your roof and keep your inhabitants safe.

9. Get Snow Cleared in Winter Months

If heavy snow sits on a commercial roof for an extended period, leaks, ice dams, ice cycles and other problems can arise. If you have an accumulation of snow, have an experienced snow removal specialist maintain your roof during the winter.

Make sure that your commercial roofing contractor is certified and have all the proper training to handle your roofing needs. Vet your roofer and ask for references that you can contact to make sure they are up to the job.

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