Your roof provides year-round protection for your business. In return, it needs minimal attention. Here are 5 ways you can protect your roof that are not only economical, they are generally quick and easy to complete.
1. Frequent Inspection Schedule
Frequent rooftop inspections can help to catch small problems before they escalate. Annual or even semi-annual inspections by professional roofers such as Perfection Roofing can preserve your roof and save you money in the long run.
2. Prompt Repairs
Letting a small problem can lead to much greater problems. That small area of rot around an internal drain, for example, can lead to:
- Water infiltration
- Lateral movement of water between roofing layers
- Insect or rodent infestation
- Mold and mildew
When you arrange for a professional roofer to inspect your commercial roof, remember the inspection is only half the job; prompt repairs must come next.
3. Roof Drain Maintenance
Scuppers and internal drains are trouble spots on any roof. When scuppers clog, water backs up and adds weight to your roof, leading to depressed areas.
This leads to ponding, a serious and potentially expensive cause of roof damage. Get the scuppers, internal drains, and all drainage pipes checked regularly and kept clear.
A good roofing material, whether built-up roofing (BUR), modified bitumen or single-ply membrane, can last for many years. Extending the life of your current roof with waterproofing is a wise move. Rather than incur the expensive of a full tear-off and new roof, you can have a waterproof coating applied that not only keeps out water, it reflects sunlight.
This has the double effect of lowering your cooling bill, since your business is not heated as much as before you had the waterproofing applied.
5. Limit Visitors
Only a select few people should be up on your roof at all. Your maintenance crew and facilities manager should keep a log of their visits, and outside vendors (signage, satellite dish, HVAC, electrical) should be guided to stay on prescribed paths. Every roofing surface—crushed stone ballast, single-ply membrane—can be damaged by a stray steel-toed boot.
For the best protection of your commercial property’s roof, contact Perfection Roofing today to discuss our annual maintenance program and more.