Commercial Roof Care Tips
Preventive Roof Maintenance Can Save Your Big in the Long-Run!
A new commercial roof is one of the biggest investments you can make in your business. Advanced Roofing wants to help you get the most out of your roofing system. We have put together a few roof care tips below that can help ensure a healthy roof for years to come.
December 1st, the first day following Hurricane Season, means lower temperatures, the summer rains are calming down, and the holidays of course! But did you know this is the best time of year to have your roof inspections completed? While today’s roofing systems are tougher than they were 20 years ago, neglecting roof maintenance can lead to premature roof failure. For the best insurance against the high costs associated with re-roofing, Advanced Roofing recommends semiannual inspections and maintenance to ensure your roof system performs optimally throughout its service life.
During the summer months, intense heat, heavy rains, and winds can damage a commercial roof system. Even the strongest roofs can be affected. However, by performing an inspection of your roof’s condition regularly, one can identify issues and repair them before more damage incurs. This can increase the life of your roof which can translate into big financial savings for you.
Commercial roofs can be vulnerable to splitting, blistering, ponding water, and felt movement after the Rainy Season. Below, we’ve put together some tips on mitigating these issues and what you can do to prevent substantial damage through proactive roof maintenance.
Splitting can be caused by excessive pressure, ponding water or simply poor workmanship. It can be that the surface has not been cared for appropriately and solar-reflective coatings or stones have not been maintained, or the surface has been damaged due to excessive foot traffic.
Ponding will show as standing pools of water that do no drain or in dry conditions you will notice a concave area with a water mark surrounding it. If ponding occurs on the edge of your roof then you can install scuppers to collect the excess water, or an automatic pump can be implemented for problem areas in the middle of the roof. You could investigate fitting drains or ideally having the lower areas built up to stop the ponding altogether. Regular commercial roof maintenance can help to prevent any damage that may cause ponding issues.
Blistering happens when air is trapped between the layers of felt or plies. When the air heats it causes air pockets which can lead to puncture when the blister breaks particularly if it is a larger blister and located on a joint. If this happens then water can pass through the roof. The area will need to be cleaned and fixed professionally to ensure a waterproof seal is maintained without the presence of moisture.
Preventive Roof Maintenance
Through semi-annual roof maintenance, one can work on a preventative basis to avoid repairs, which can save you BIG in the long run.
When it comes to performing roof maintenance work, hire a professional to safely remove dirt, leaves, and debris from your roof, gutters and drains on a regular basis. Where possible a leaf blower will be the best solution for removal, as standing on the roof itself can be dangerous. Unless your commercial roof was designed for use as an outdoor area, like a balcony or terrace, it is likely that you will need fall safety training and equipment to ensure your roof work is performed without injury or fines.
Don’t forget that commercial roof maintenance should include:
- Tree Maintenance: Ensuring that all overhanging trees are regularly cut back, allowing at least 3-feet of clearance to avoid blockage and damage due to fallen debris, as well as, removing unwanted vegetation or growth on the roof itself. Be aware that vegetation and moss can indicate that water is trapped and can lead to internal leakage.
- Post Storm Inspection: Following a heavy storm, make sure to check your roof for damage and ponding water, and clear away any leaves and debris that can restrict water flow.
- Check the Roof Inside: Internally you should regularly check your ceiling for stains caused by water damage and leaking to ensure that you take corrective action as soon as possible in order to limit damages.
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