Roof Maintenance for Commercial Building Owners
Looking for tips and tricks to increase the lifespan of your commercial building’s roof? Look no further! Here at Interstate Roofing, we specialize in roof maintenance, and we’re excited to share some of our industry secrets to help your roof last!
First, you should start by examining everything from the inside out. When inspecting your roof, look for evidence of leakage on the inside of your structure. Water intrusion, possibly from roof leaks, can be identified by stained ceiling tiles and puddled water. These leaks are some of the most pressing, so with the help of a professional roofing technician at Interstate Roofing, we suggest fixing these leaks as soon as possible to avoid any further damage.
Next, you should be looking for the most common abnormalities. Check any penetrations and seams for signs of visible damage as you move around your roof. These are the most likely places where water will get in. Any rips or holes you find should be thoroughly examined, especially if you suspect any possible leakage.
If you’re located anywhere near the Midwest, chances are you’re going to have to deal with snow and ice on your building’s roof. If heavy snow is left on your roof for too long, it can lead to leaks, ice dams, ice cycles, and other issues. If you suspect there is any damage under a thick layer of snow, have an experienced snow removal technician come out and help get it cleared.
Moving on, all debris should be removed from the surface of the roof. If it's been a few months since you've been on the roof, there's a good chance you have an accumulation of sticks, branches, leaves, and other debris that needs to be cleared. Pay special attention to clogged gutters and downspouts to ensure that rainwater flows freely and drains away from the roof.
Once all of the debris is removed, it is time to check your gutters. Since rain, storms, and melting snow can cause debris to clog your roof drainage system, it must be cleaned on a regular basis to avoid extensive damage. Clogged gutters can cause leaks, mold, and mildew, as well as a variety of other problems for your roof.
Another way to avoid debris on your roof and in your gutters is to prune overhanging branches around your building. This will not only prevent roof damage from broken branches, but it will also keep your roof clear of falling leaves and nuts. It can also prevent algae from growing on your commercial roof due to a lack of sunlight, which can be a hassle to clean up.
An important factor to keep in mind is to ensure all roof-mounted equipment is in working order. Faulty equipment can compromise the integrity of your commercial roof in a variety of ways. To safeguard your roof and keep your occupants safe, you'll want to prevent leaky air conditioning, poor wiring, and unsealed vents.
Most importantly, make an appointment for a professional inspection from Interstate Roofing. A professional roof check is recommended twice a year, often in the spring and fall. Because of the pandemic closures, many building owners and facilities managers put off their spring inspections, but they now need to be rescheduled. One of the most efficient ways to get the most life out of your commercial roof is to regularly examine the condition of your roofing assets and act immediately on recommended fixes.
To schedule your inspection call 608.783.2106 today.