As a business owner, you’re probably focused on keeping your business profitable. This most likely means that the topic of roofing maintenance may not be that high on your agenda. But encounter a pesky roof leak, and you’ll be researching roof maintenance in a hurry. Whether you’ve got a leak or not, there’s never a better time than now to think about your roof. After all, it’s protecting all your valuable work assets. Here are the top ways to extend the life of your commercial roofing.
Conduct Regular Roof Inspections
As most commercial roofs are flat, it’s close to impossible to get a visual of your roof’s condition. The saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’ isn’t a good thing when it comes to your roof. This is one of the reasons why commercial roof inspections should be conducted twice a year. And there’s a good reason for this in South Florida. We have a hurricane season. This time of year is known for causing roof damage. It’s best to get your roof inspected before and after the hurricane season to be on the safe side.
An experienced roofing contractor will keep an ongoing record of your roof’s condition. They’ll be able to advise you on when certain roofing components may need to be replaced. This will help you to know the age and condition of your roof. It will also help you to budget effectively for your commercial roofing maintenance. Using the same roofer on an ongoing basis will help you to keep clear and concise roofing records. Be sure to request a written analysis after your roof inspection. This will serve as an ongoing reminder to maintain your roof.
Keep Your Roof Clean
Depending on the height and location of your roof, it could be exposed to various debris. Your gutters are at the most risk here. Dirt and debris can easily collect in your gutter, leading to a clog over time.
Clogs are bad for a few reasons:
- They prevent effective water drainage, leading to overflowing gutters.
- Stationary water can corrode your gutters and drains leading to rusting.
- Water build-up can weaken your gutter joints causing cracks and leaks.
Roofing maintenance professionals will be able to thoroughly clean your roof and gutters. A thorough clean will inhibit the growth of moss and mold. An added benefit is that regular cleans will prevent any unnecessary weight and buckling on your commercial roofing.
Trim Those Trees
This is something that you may not have thought of. If your premises is located in a leafy area, then it’s best to keep an eye on the surrounding trees. When trees grow near to your roof, leaves will fall onto your roof and accumulate in your gutters. This is particularly true in windy areas. We know all too well how windy it can get in hurricane season!
Another consideration to be aware of is falling branches. These can easily accumulate on your roof. Over time, these will decompose, attracting various insects and pests around your house. It’s best to get out the tree fellers to keep trees at bay.
Replace Any Roof Damage Immediately
It’s tempting to ignore smaller portions of roof damage. Damaged roof flashing or missing shingles can be easy to overlook. But it’s these exact scenarios that lead to bigger issues down the line. As mentioned earlier, it’s best to get your roof inspected after hurricane season. This way you can take note of any repair issues that may be identified. These repairs should be addressed as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more chance there is of a serious leak developing. Unfortunately, we can’t underestimate the power of the weather to do damage to your roof. Especially when living in South Florida.
Prolong The Life of Your Commercial Roofing
Commercial roofing should last up to 40 years if it’s well taken care of. At AABCO Roofing, we are the South Florida Commercial Roofing Experts. We offer detailed inspections and extensive repairs for all commercial roofing. Whether it’s an office block or a factory warehouse, you can rely on our experienced team. Call us at 954-426-8500 to arrange an inspection for your roof.