Maintaining Your Commercial Roofing
A Brief Guide to Maintain Your Commercial Roof
Ways to maintain your commercial roof
The roof of any building takes the brunt of nature’s fury from time to time. Hail Storms, rainfall, and a fluctuation in temperature can affect the functionality of the roof and also damage its structure. These damages incurred over a period of time force property owners to replace or repair the roofing. The cost of financing this activity may cost thousands of dollars, therefore, significantly denting the owner’s financial health.
To ensure that repair problems don’t get out of hand, property owners should take the following maintenance steps to get the most out of their roofing.
Inspecting the Rooftop at Regular Intervals
Property owners should hire professional maintenance services to carry out periodic inspection, and initiate project for commercial roofing and waterproofing. The purpose of this exercise should be to clean up debris and clear standing water as they may cause damage to the roof’s structure. The primary benefit of leak repair and waterproofing is providing sustainability to a commercial building. In addition, the roofing service provider should also look for signs of rust and damage and immediately address the problem. Dividing the roof into subsections and assigning them to different people can expedite the entire process if the roof is spread across a larger surface area.
Clean the Gutters and the Drains
When drains and gutters clog they become ineffective at clearing standing water from the roof that can no longer pass through the drain, therefore, causing damage to its structure. It is, therefore, important for an expert inspecting the roof to clean dirt, debris, and tree leaves that may accumulate and clog the drainage system. In case, the problem still persists the service provider should check the drainage system for seamless operation.
Trim the Vegetation that Surrounds the Roof
Often tree branches that stand close to the roof rub against the roof resulting in falling of leaves that can accumulate on the roof. These leaves can clog the drainage system if the property owner fails to trim them in time. Owners should also install gutter straps, especially if they live in a hurricane-prone area to avoid uplifts.
Conducting Interior Inspection is a Must
A professional roofing contractor, apart from looking for external signs of damage will also not forget to inspect the interiors. Doing so can help them spot signs of water damage and stagnation near the roof. Other issues that providers should watch out for are gaps developing near or within the flashing, or damage to the roofing material as these problems can cause irreversible damage to the roof’s structure.
Apart from following the above steps property owners should also make sure that the vents and other equipment are not opened. In case there are any gaps, the provider should seal them using flashing cement. However, a replacement will be required in case the flashing is beyond repairs.