Do you have a commercial roof maintenance plan in place?
The roof of any commercial building needs to be kept watertight. If water manages to find a way through (or around) the roofing surface, damage can be significant. Leaks could affect the interior insulation, ceilings, walls and electrical systems. Inventory and equipment could also be damaged or destroyed.
Implementing a roof maintenance program can help prevent costly damage and protect your investment. And if you take a proactive stance, it can be simple and cost-effective.
No. 1: Schedule Regular Commercial Roof Inspections
Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Maybe he wasn’t talking about roofing — but he could have been.
Commercial roof inspections should be scheduled on a routine basis, at least twice a year. In addition, roofing should be professionally checked after any severe weather events.
Hire a professional roofing contractor for this job. While one of your maintenance staff might be able to scan the surface for obvious damage, an experienced roofer knows the ins and outs of your roofing system and can spot hidden problems.
No. 2: Complete Routine Commercial Roof Maintenance Tasks
In addition to periodic roof inspections, routine maintenance is also critical to keeping your roofing system in good shape.
Your professional roofing contractor can give you a list of tasks that your maintenance staff can handle themselves, if you prefer. This may include removing debris and vegetation from the rooftop, clearing pooled water after a heavy rain and keeping the water drainage system clear.
Or, if you’d rather leave these tasks to the pros, your contractor will be happy to perform these services on your behalf.
No. 3: Prioritize Commercial Roof Repairs
From time to time, a routine inspection may reveal the need for repairs.
To prevent structural and interior damage, correct any noted roofing problems promptly. Cost estimates for repairs and a recommended timeline for the projects will be included on your inspection report.
If your system is still under warranty, you’ll need to have a certified roofer complete any necessary repair work. Otherwise the manufacturer will not honor a warranty claim.
No. 4: Maintain Accurate Roof Maintenance Records
Keeping accurate records can help your roofing contractor evaluate the condition and life span of your roof.
Create a file for all your roofing information. Start with your original roofing plan and specifications, if possible. Include records of previous repairs or replacements and any relevant warranty documents.
Within the file, be sure to note any structural changes to the roof as well as details on rooftop equipment installations. Moving forward, file paperwork about each roof-related event. Having all the information together makes maintenance easier, and this paperwork may be necessary to obtain any discounts on your insurance, if your roofing system qualifies.
If you’re ready to get started with your roof maintenance program, Knockout Roofing can help you develop an effective plan. For expert advice or to schedule an inspection of your commercial roof, contact our Salt Lake City office today.