There are things we humans can do to avoid early death: eating healthy foods, exercising, going to the doctor for a yearly check-up . . . Similarly there are things we can do to extend the lives of our roofs: choosing a quality product, hiring an experienced roofing contractor, and performing commercial roofing maintenance. Maintenance, one of the most important factors, requires that you regularly check on the state of your roof, react to problems as they occur, and make some proactive steps to avoid future damage. Routine inspections and repair are critical and can help building owners and facility managers save money and prolong the life of their roofs.
Commercial Roofing Maintenance
The Importance of Commercial Roofing Maintenance
As you might expect, if you stay on top of your roof’s condition and use proactive maintenance (instead of reacting to problems when you notice them), you can save a lot of money. You can also greatly extend the life of your roof. According to Buildings.com, a proactively maintained roof will last an average of 21 years as opposed to a reactively maintained roof, which will last about 13 years. Not only will you save money each year, but you’ll save money in the long run because you won’t have to replace your roof as often.
Repairs and Replacements
Your roof is protecting your building, so you can imagine the kind of wear and tear it undergoes each year due to harsh weather and general deterioration. To take care of your roof, it is important that you find a contractor experienced in commercial roofing systems who is familiar with building codes, green energy solutions, and inspections. With their help, you will be able to confidently decide whether you ought to repair, restore, or replace your roof. Many roofing problems occur because of human error (as opposed to weather damage, like you might assume), so don’t underestimate the importance of finding a reliable roofing contractor.
For best results, you should have your roof inspected twice a year, in the spring and fall. This is especially important if your roof has a warranty that specifies maintenance guidelines. Sometimes you can even extend your warranty by enrolling in a qualified commercial roofing maintenance plan. Once you hire a roofing contractor, ask about proactive and preventative maintenance. They should be able to customize a plan to fit your roof and your budget. The contractor should be looking for a broad range of problems during inspections, like open pipe flashing, rooftop debris, open field seams, open wall flashing sealant, and plugged roof drains.
You can help keep your roof “healthy” as well. After severe weather, like a blizzard or hailstorm, check your roof for damage and look out for leaks, water damage, and odors indoors. Whenever you are on your roof, you should also note any standing water, bubbles or tears in the cover, gaps in the roof flashing, or insecure skylights. Remember that a small symptom might be hiding a much larger problem. Call a contractor before the issue escalates.
If you’re concerned about commercial roofing maintenance and you live in the Springfield, Missouri area, give Adam Cowherd Construction a call at 417-877-7548 or click here to get a free quote. We can also replace and repair commercial roofs. Give us a call today!