Timely maintenance is essential for the performance and longevity of your commercial roof system. To keep expenses low, you might be tempted to delegate roof upkeep to your general maintenance staff, but doing so can have costly consequences. Your commercial roof is a complex, multiple-component system, and it takes skill and expertise to spot the early warning signs of deterioration and avoid causing unintentional damage. Here’s a helpful guide on what commercial roof maintenance chores you can safely tackle in-house and what a knowledgeable roofing contractor should handle.
To reduce the risk of roof damage and make it easier for a pro to perform more in-depth maintenance, your employees can:
- Keep the downspouts in good condition and free of debris.
- Monitor the building’s interior for signs of roof leaks, such as water or rust stains on walls or ceiling tiles, musty odors, or unexplained mold growth.
- Trim trees back so falling branches and debris can’t puncture the cover or clog the drains.
- Check for standing water on the roof cover after a rain and promptly dry any areas of ponding.
- Inspect the roof perimeter periodically for damaged, rusted, or missing flashing.
Professional Commercial Roof Maintenance
Maintaining these four key areas is best left to an experienced roofer:
- Roof cover care. Trained professionals understand the issues that can arise with different types of roof covers and can easily identify and correct defects like cracks, bubbling/blistering, shrinkage, tears, seam separations, punctures, and loose/missing edge flashing or mechanical fasteners.
- Drainage system maintenance. Backed up drains can quickly cause water ponding, membrane deterioration, and leaks. To prevent this, a professional roofer will clean out any accumulated debris from the interior drain strainers, scuppers, gutters, and downspouts, and test the system to ensure that water is draining away freely.
- Penetration protection. Your roof has multiple penetrations for pipes, vents, HVAC equipment, signage, and/or skylights that need to stay watertight to prevent leaks. To keep them maintained, a pro makes sure the surrounding flashing is in good condition, then checks the seals and refills the pitch pans around every penetration.
- Surface cleaning. An experienced roofing pro knows how to safely clear away debris and vegetation growth from the roof, and has the appropriate cleaning products and equipment to use to remove algae, mildew, mold, dirt, and pollution.
If you need expert commercial roof maintenance in the metro Atlanta area, contact us at Pro Roofing & Siding.