A Healthy Roof Keeps Your Business Dry
How to Care for Your Commercial Roof
Mother Nature assaults your commercial structure from all sides. Naturally, the roof gets the worst of it. Roof damage is a constant threat to the structural integrity of the entire building. This threat makes roof maintenance a top priority. Following are some tips about how to care for your commercial roof.
Tip 1: Perform a thorough routine inspection during the off-season. Pick a time of year when you can perform the inspection and perform repairs with minimal risk of precipitation. It is important to:
- Inspect drains and gutters to make sure they are clear
- Inspect the surface of the roof to make sure there are no cracks or exposed surfaces
- Inspect flashing and control joints
- Look for signs of wind damage
Tip 2: Check the hardware that secures your roof-mounted equipment. Properly attached equipment will minimize roof damage in severe weather conditions. Use qualified professionals to reattach inadequately secured equipment.
Tip 3: Always be aware of the load limits of your roof. There are limits to how much weight your roof can bear. Blocked drains during periods of intense rain can turn small roof ponds into large lakes. Record-breaking snow or snow followed by rain or ice can also cause load problems. Be prepared to deal with these situations when these circumstances arise.
Tip 4: Check the underside of the roof. If possible, look at your roof from the inside. If you see evidence of leaks or damage, add those areas to your repair list.
Tip 5: No roof lasts forever. If your roof is old or showing signs of weakness, it may be time for a roof rebuild. An engineer can evaluate your current roof and recommend a course of action.
Weather can cause even the best-maintained commercial roof to fail. Roof damage never picks a convenient time to occur. When Mother Nature comes crashing in, it is comforting to know that there are storm damage mitigation teams in the Providence, RI, area. Your cleanup professionals are just a phone call away.