Because they are usually larger and more costly to repair, commercial roofs require more upkeep and regular cleaning than residential roofs. Preventative maintenance ensures that your roof will stay intact for decades and that it will be better able to withstand storms and extreme weather conditions.
Even if you have to pay for regular maintenance and inspections, keeping your commercial roof in good shape actually saves you a lot of money in the long run. A commercial roof that is inspected and maintained regularly can last more than 20 years — nearly 10 years more than the expected lifespan of a commercial roof that doesn’t receive regular maintenance.
Want to make sure that your commercial roof stands the test of time? Here are some tips on maintaining a commercial roof.
Inspect and clean the roof at least twice a year
The best way to prolong the lifespan of your commercial roof is to schedule and carry out regular inspections and cleanings. Hire a professional roofing company to inspect the roof at least once or twice a year, depending on the roof’s size.
Your roofers will look for signs of wear and tear, materials that need replacing, leaks and other types of damage, debris that needs to be cleaned, blockages in the gutters and drains, mold growth, tree branches that could damage the roof, and more. They will also check from inside your building for stains and other signs that the roof has sprung a leak.
Apart from these regular inspections, you should also have professionals come and take a look at your roof after each major storm.
Clean out gutters and drains
Clogged gutters can lead to a whole host of problems that can cost you thousands of dollars to fix. When dirt, leaves, twigs block your gutters, and other debris, water will pool on your roof and leak inside the structure and into your home. Because the water cannot flow and has nowhere else to go, it will end up damaging your roof, ceilings, and walls.
Keeping your gutters clear doesn’t just help you avoid water damage. It also keeps insects from taking up residence in them. This saves you from having to pay an exterminator to get rid of the pests eventually.
Fix roofing issues promptly.
Don’t ignore flaws in your roofing system, no matter how minor they seem. Small leaks and “minor” issues can quickly worsen, resulting in major damage. Catching them early can help you avoid spending a fortune on repairs.
If you notice dark spots or discoloration on your ceilings or walls, call a professional roofing company to check for leaks right away. If you see evidence of broken shingles, have them repaired or replaced immediately. You don’t want to waste money on major repairs down the road, so don’t leave things to chance.
Spending money on maintaining your commercial roof is definitely more financially prudent than waiting to see if your roof will hold up and then spending a lot of money on repairs or a total roof replacement.
Nowadays, roofing companies use drones, electronic leak detection, and thermal surveying, so you can be sure that they’re doing a thorough inspection of your commercial roof.