8 Tips For Maintaining A Commercial Roof

Inspecting your roof is an important part of ensuring your business is structural sound. When you have roofing problems, not only do they impact you and your employees, but also your customers. Here are some tips for inspecting and maintaining a commercial roof.

  1. Look for signs of water issues. Prolonged standing water can be a sign that your roof does not have the proper drainage in place. The water can lead to problems, such as rotted wood and premature aging. Bubbling is also a sign of a water issue.
  2. Inspect the the flashing. The flashing, or the material around the edges of the roofing, should not have gaps between it and the roofing. If there are, your roofing is more vulnerable to problems, such as mold and moisture leaking into your business.
  3. Check your lightning protection system. If you have one installed, the lightning protection system needs to be firmly connected to the roof. If it is not, it can cause tears and punctures in the surface of your roofing. This is especially problematic during windstorms.
  4. Ensure skylights are firmly secured. A skylight that is not properly sealed can lead to leaking, which can damage your roof and building interior. The skylight could become an even bigger hazard if high winds dislodge it and debris starts to fly from it. 
  5. Inspect after storms. After severe weather, always check your roofing for damage. If you experience a high number of storms, call in a contractor to professionally assess your roofing to ensure that it is still in good shape. 
  6. Contact your insurance company after a hailstorm. Hail damage is not always immediately visible. After a hailstorm that has hail at least ¾ to 1 inch in size, ask your insurance company to perform a professional inspection. If there is damage, you can start the process of getting your roof repaired.
  7. Trim your trees. Falling limbs or even trees constantly rubbing against the surface of the roofing can lead to problems, including clogged gutters.
  8. Clean up debris immediately. Debris, such as leaves, can hold water and other damaging debris. If left on your roofing, the surface of your roofing could be structurally weakened which could lead to the need for a new roof or repair.

Work with a roofing contractor, like P Cooper Roofing, to ensure your business's roofing is in good condition. Commercial roofing is just as susceptible to damage from the elements as residential roofing. The more attention you pay your roofing, the longer it will ultimately last.