Commercial Roof Preventative Maintenance: An ounce of prevention is a worth a pound of cure!
You’ve done your duty as a responsible building owner and purchased a new roof. Or maybe you greatly invested in a major repair. Either way, you sigh with pride. And even though it cost a pretty penny, you feel pretty darn good about yourself and the way your new roof looks. So if the roof you just purchased comes with a pretty rock solid warranty, what is the need for preventive upkeep? You say to yourself, “Hey, if anything goes wrong, I have that warranty.”
Whoa, wait a minute there. A roof, like anything else, can come into disrepair through neglect. People have annual physical exams. Cars go in for tune-ups and oil changes. Commercial roofs need regular inspections and a preventative maintenance program. We, here at Lionheart Contracting, would like you to maintain and protect your investment throughout the decades to come. It’ll save you money and heartache in the long run and make your roof last as long as possible.
First of all, develop a program of preventative inspection and maintenance. If you aren’t regularly inspecting your roof for actual and/or potential problems, then they’ll sneak up on you at the most inopportune, costly times. When you’re regularly watching, you’ll catch these things in their early stages and be able to nip them in the bud.
An inspection will include a variety of items:
- The entire property looking for signs of water intrusion
- Anyplace where water drains: drains, gutters and downspouts
- Anyplace where there are possible entry points for water: visible seams; joints; masonry, window and HVAC sealants
- Any sheet metal associated with your roof
- Roof flashing areas
- High traffic areas on the roof, especially near HVAC systems
Since today’s small leak can turn into tomorrow’s big and more expensive problem, it’s important to replace, repair, caulk, seal, clean out and secure whatever items need it on a regular basis. Gutters and other drainage receptacles need to be cleared of debris. Joints and seams need to be repaired and fixed. Seals need to be redone where compromised.
Besides the more obvious items of regular maintenance, it’s also important to clean your roof on a regular basis. Here are some key reasons for cleaning your investment. First, cleaning your commercial roof will maintain its attractive appearance. It’ll alert you to potentially serious problems that a buildup of dirt and grime may hide. Cleaning will also maintain your roof’s energy-efficient properties, preserving the roof’s membrane and reflective and/or energy efficient qualities. Many roofs are created to keep the temperature of the roof and building cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Cleaning will keep your roof’s membrane in good-working order.
CONSIDER GETTING IT PROFESSIONALLY DONE
Of course, you can do these things yourself, but also consider getting a routine inspection and maintenance visit from a professional. They’ll know exactly what to look for on your roof and the inside and outside of your building. Security comes with their experience, full documentation, expert routine maintenance and repair, if needed, and most likely a guarantee for their work in writing.
You went so far as to replace or repair your roof, now go the extra mile in keeping it in good condition through regular preventative maintenance. Both your roof and your wallet will thank you in the long run.