3 Steps to Extend the Life of Your Commercial Roof

Extend the Life of Your Commercial Roof

One of the most vulnerable parts of a commercial building is the roof. Forces like rain, snow, and the sun’s heat overtime will wearing it down, and the roof is also at risk for damage from disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes as well as through high foot traffic. It is a substantial investment when installing a new roof on a commercial building, so it’s important to do what can be done to prolong its lifespan. Below are 3 simple tips that can be implemented right away that will help to prolonging the life of the roof.

1. Inspecting Your Roof
Know the status of the roof, the most important thing that can be done is to have it inspected on a regular basis. This includes the roof and the interior, including any adjacent walls and ceilings.

For the best results and protection, schedule roof inspections bi-annually, once in the Spring and once in Fall. This way, you will know what damage the roof has sustained over the previous six-months so that you can rest assured that it’s protected for the next.

2. Immediately Replacing Missing or Damaged Elements
When it comes to roofing problems that are left unresolved, it can quickly turn into a major issue if left unresolved. After the roof has been professionally inspected by a qualified commercial roofing contractor and all problem areas have been identified, immediately take the time to make all the necessary repairs. Cost for repairs immediately can be more expensive in the short-term but will pay off in the long-term.

3. Removing Debris, Leaves and Trim the Surrounding Trees
One very simple step to extending the life of the roof is to simply keep it clean. What can seem like innocent debris like leaves, pine leaves, and other small objects can pile up and hold in moisture, leading to mold and water damage gradually degrading the roof membrane. Gutters should also be inspected, as leaves tends to build up inside them, which can lead both to structural problems with the gutter’s weight.

Overhanging branches can damage the roof by rubbing against the roof, this can cause scrapes and even punctures. Clipping the branches on hovering trees is a preventive action to avoid damage to the building.