7 Preventative Maintenance Tips for a Commercial Roof
It’s important to be proactive when it comes to your roof
Planning for issues before they happen is the best way to deal with them when they happen, and with the right preparation, they may be avoided altogether. This is why we do things like buy insurance or get flu shots.
Taking action early is especially important for big investments, and the biggest for most people is real estate. If you own a building for a business or as an investment property, keeping it in optimal condition benefits both you and customers, tenants, or anyone else who may use it. While all parts of a commercial building play key roles, the roof may be the most important. This is why building owners have to conduct preventative maintenance to ensure that their roof is doing its job properly, and a good plan involves these seven steps:
1. Keep your roof clean and tidy
If you have trees around your building with branches that hang over it, you need to be aware of twigs and leaves that can fall. Even if you don’t have nearby trees, it is always possible that the wind will bring debris, and when it builds up on a roof, it adds extra weight, causing strain. The same is true for snow and ice, which is why they should be removed after a storm as quickly as possible.
2. Conduct regular inspections
While your ceilings may look fine, you will never know if your roof is having any problems without getting up there to look at it. Ideally, a commercial roof should be closely examined at least twice a year: in the fall before the harsh weather arrives and then in the spring to see what havoc winter may have caused. More frequent inspections may be necessary if your roof gets quite a bit of foot traffic. A thorough inspection involves looking at everything, including flashings and penetrations, vents, drains, and downspouts. You can check your own roof, but it is always a good idea to use a professional, as he or she can spot damage or any problems you might not notice.
3. Don’t ignore minor issues
It doesn’t take much for something small to turn into a big – and costly – repair. This is why if a problem is spotted, it needs to be addressed right away. In addition to avoiding an expensive repair, not fixing something could put your building and the people inside it in harm’s way. And a leak, for example, might damage tools or equipment. If you don’t make necessary repairs, you may also run into an issue with your insurance company if you end up having to make a claim and they feel that you were negligent with your maintenance.
4. Utilize coatings for an extra layer of protection
Your roof by itself can offer your building solid protection, but there is something else you can do to make it even tougher. The right coatings will safeguard your roof from severe weather, moisture, and UV rays. The latter can be particularly harmful because they dry out roofing materials, which can lead to splitting and cracking. If this happens, water can get inside, resulting in leaks. In addition to providing extra protection, the coating can reduce energy usage, which is good for both the environment and your bottom line.
5. Get your roof in shape before the worst weather arrives
Year-round roof maintenance is important, but it is absolutely essential before winter. Because New Jersey can get hit hard by snow and ice, you have to know that your roof will be able to hold up no matter how bad it gets. Winterizing your roof ahead of time will prevent the buildup of water, which – when the temperature drops – will turn into ice that will stop water from draining properly. The extra weight may also damage your roof’s membrane and overall structure.
6. Maintain good records
Forgetting exactly what type of maintenance or repairs your roof has gotten can be easy, which is why you – or perhaps a property manager – should keep records of everything. This is especially true if you own multiple buildings. In addition to basic information, such as when the roof was installed and warranty paperwork, this record should also include details about every inspection. Not only will this help you stay organized and on top of everything related to your roof, if or when you decide to sell your building, but the future owner will also appreciate your diligence.
7. Partner with a reliable and experienced roofing company
The last – and perhaps most vital – step in a solid preventative maintenance plan for your commercial roof is to form a partnership with a quality roofing company. Even if you have the time to get up on your roof periodically, you probably don’t want to. Plus, you may not even know what to look for. This is the benefit of working with experienced roofers; you can be sure that your roof will be in great hands at all times.
Peck Brothers will help you keep your roof in optimal condition
Your building’s roof is something that should never be taken for granted. To ensure that it stays in great shape, so it will continue to provide the utmost protection, get in touch with Peck Brothers Roofing. Our technicians have years of experience working on a variety of different commercial buildings. With our preventative maintenance services, your roof will always be examined by experts. And if we discover any sort of issue or something that could be a problem in the future, we will take care of it as quickly as possible. To get more information about what we can provide you, call us at 201-791-3235 or send us a message through our online contact form.