Commercial roofs are meant to be functional and durable. Depending on the roofing material used, with proper maintenance, a roof put on a commercial building can last anywhere between 20 and 50 years.
By following these few helpful tips, you can lower your overall repair and replacement costs by 45 percent and extend the lifespan of your commercial roofing system.
Have Your Roof Carefully Inspected
Though you likely won’t be getting on your roof regularly, it is still useful to know what types of problems roofing contractors are looking for when they inspect your commercial roof. The problems will vary depending on the type of roofing material that you chose, so an experienced contractor will use a detailed checklist tailored to the needs of your roof.
Here are a few problems that are sure to be included on those lists:
- Flat roofs are prone to leaks and surface degradation due to weathering, so you should look out for granular loss, bending, holes and punctures.
- You’ll need to examine a shingled roof for granular loss, curling and bending.
- Metal roofs should be checked for rust and corrosion as well as loose, bent or damaged panels.
- If you come across chips or cracks in your tile roof, you’ll need to call a roofing professional to further inspect it.
Correct Problems Right Away
Having your roof inspected is only the first step. Following the inspection, you need to prioritize any recommended repairs to ensure your roof is not further damaged. Typically, contractors will prepare a detailed report that notes any deficiencies and provide you with cost estimates. This allows property managers and business owners to plan and budget for their repairs.
Keep Detailed Records
When you visit your doctor for a check-up, the doctor or nurse will have your medical records handy to ensure they can give an adequate assessment about what is ailing you. The same concept should be applied to your roof when asking a contractor to give you an assessment on your roof’s health.
When possible, create a historical file that includes the original roof plan and specifications, warranty documentation, repair records and equipment installations—such as solar panels or roofing underlayment. If you’re utilizing a roof preventative maintenance program, your roofing contractor will likely have detailed records of completed and recommended repairs that will help you complete your file. However, if you aren’t, you’ll need to record these details as well.
If you’re ready for an inspection or you need to sign up for a roof preventative maintenance program, give us a call today at 855-964-7663.