A poorly maintained commercial roof can disrupt business and result in loss of revenue. This is why, as a commercial property owner or manager, you need a good year-round roofing maintenance plan that includes the following:
Regular Roofing Inspections
You probably already have a scheduled maintenance agreement with your roofing contractor (if you don’t, you should consider signing up for one), which means an inspector comes to perform maintenance on your roof once every three years or so. Even with a maintenance routine, you should perform regular roofing cleaning and inspection once every season.
Keeping your roof clean can reduce the chances of debris puncturing it. If you do find problems that require repairs, don’t wait until the next appointment. Property owners or managers who call their roofing companies at the first sign of roofing trouble end up spending less on roof repair costs.
Prepare Your Roof for the Seasons
By this time of the year, you should be winterizing your property. On your roof, you should be addressing pooling water problems, performing repairs and making sure the drainage and gutters are in good working order.
But you shouldn’t stop at just winterizing; you should prepare your roof for every season. This includes inspecting your roof after spring thaw and making sure the freezing temperatures didn’t do any damage. If you have ballasted or fastened single-ply roofing, make sure there are no open seams as they are vulnerable to high winds.
Limit Roof Access
Most flat roofs are not designed for foot traffic. A stray piece of gravel or hard sole can puncture a single-ply roof. Make sure access to the roof is limited to essential personnel: roofing, plumbing and HVAC repair technicians among them. Make sure everyone wears shoe covers when walking on the roof. Tools should be kept in a service tray or in a toolbox. Paths should be clearly marked and covered with durable material.
Keep Detailed Records
Keep a historical record of everything that’s done to the roof: inspections, cleaning, maintenance, repairs and replacement. In addition to maintaining accountability, records can also help you assess the roof’s condition. This is useful when you’re trying to find out whether or not the roof is due for replacement. This can also help property owners when transitioning from one manager to the next.
R. Campbell Roofing is your leading provider of commercial roof replacement, repair and maintenance services. Give us a call at (937) 866-1371, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.