Tips for Maintaining Commercial Roofs

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Getting a good quality roof installed on your building is essential to keeping your energy bills low and keeping the elements out, but that’s not the end of the story. If you want to avoid leaks and damage to the roof of your commercial building, you’re going to have to invest a little bit of time into regular maintenance .

Maintaining commercial roofs doesn’t take a lot of time, personnel, or money, but it is absolutely mandatory if you want to make sure that you don’t have any water leaking into your building, creating safety hazards and/or destroying equipment and property. Here are some easy steps you can take to make sure that your building’s roof stays in great shape and leak-free for years to come

Schedule Regular Rooftop Inspections

You can call the professionals for this, or you can assign the job to someone on your team if you feel comfortable with keeping your regular inspections in-house. About once a month, you’ll need to have someone go up on the roof and check to make sure that everything is in order.

What will they be looking for when they do this inspection? First of all, they’ll be looking to make sure that there are no obstructions keeping water from draining from your roof. If water cannot exit the rooftop, it is only a question of when, not if, you get a leak. However, with a little bit of care and cleaning, you can prevent a lot of expenses, damage, and hassle in the future.

Clear All Drains and Gutters

Whoever goes up on the roof for your monthly inspection needs to make sure that all of your drains, gutters, and scuppers are clear of leaves, dirt, and other debris that can collect in them. If they are clogged, you can have someone on your maintenance and facilities staff members clear them out so that water can drain from the roof.

At this point, you should check all of your roof’s water exit points and make sure that they are clean and clear. This should prevent any standing water from collecting on the roof and creating problems down the road.

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Call the Professionals if You See Any of These

If, during your inspection, you find any of the following, it’s time to call for help. Any of these three problems could be an easy and inexpensive fix now but a real nightmare later:

  • Standing water
  • Gaps in the flashing
  • Bubbles or tears in the roofing cover material
  • Improperly sealed skylights

Standing water can eventually weaken the roofing material under it and cause a leak, which can result in expensive roofing repairs. Gaps in your pipe flashing may not be a problem during a dry summer, but as soon as you get a good rainstorm, you’ll regret letting that problem go. Bubbles and tears in the roof cover need to be repaired immediately before water leaks in and causes a much larger issue, and, of course, improperly sealed skylights will eventually leak.

Interior Inspections

Sometimes it’s impossible to see a leak from the outside, but you can catch it before it does any major damage. If you perform regular monthly interior inspections of the interior of your building, you may find moisture damage to a ceiling tile or wall. If you find evidence of water leaking into the building, act immediately and give us a call. We can then find your leak and fix it before enough water leaks in to cause a serious problem.

On that note, never hesitate to call the professionals if you have any questions about maintenance or repairs to your roof. We’re here to make sure that your roof stays in good shape for years to come.

 

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http://www.facilitiesnet.com/roofing/article/Roofing-Maintenance-Tips–10616