Preventive maintenance is the key to avoid expensive roof repair. Commercial roofing is considerably more durable and resistant than residential roofs. However, it is vulnerable to many of the same threats and can also be costlier to repair given the labor costs and materials you will be charged for by commercial roofers. Commercial roofing is larger and has plenty of installations in most cases. Hence, there is greater possibility of something being amiss and several attributes being compromised. It is imperative to preempt roof repair in a timely manner, not just before spring but during most of the seasonal transitions throughout the year.
Springtime Prepping of Commercial Roofing
There are two approaches at your discretion. You can hire roofers who shall inspect the entire roof as well as parts of the property that support the structure to identify potential problems and prescribe the remedies or recommend upgrades as deemed necessary to prevent obvious and inevitable roof repairs. You may also do it yourself, wherein either you or those attending to the upkeep of the commercial building can carry out the extensive inspection and assessment. Both approaches may be fine as long as the person or team inspecting the roof is aware of the potential problems. It is futile to have someone unfamiliar with the roof carry out any inspection or assessment.
Routine maintenance staff at any commercial building or property will be incapable of dealing with roof repairs or any extensive upkeep. They can at best clean the roof and attend to some aesthetic upgrades. It is necessary to hire experienced roofers to prepare your commercial roofing for spring. Here are four important ways you can welcome the bright, cheerful and blossoming time of the year.
Thorough Cleaning of the Entire Roof
Depending on where your property is and the height of your roof, there can be a few to a plethora of materials or objects accumulated on the roof and clogging the gutters through the winter. You will find the usual debris and there may be a few surprises. Expected debris may be easily cleaned but some materials may be tricky to deal with. This is where expertise, experience and resources such as tools and firsthand familiarity come into play. You may spot stains that are unusual and they may indicate a minor or major underlying problem. You may not be able to get rid of the stains with the usual cleaning.
You have to effectively get rid of everything from the roof and the gutters that do not belong there. The unpleasant materials include everything from twigs or small branches to leaves, plant matter and other objects that have somehow found their way atop. Every rigid material and even harsh or chemical soft matter can interfere with the optimum functioning of the roof. You may have blockages, leakages and substantial damages at different sections of the roof.
Inspection and Assessment of Damage in Commercial Roofing
Commercial roofing can get damaged in a myriad of ways. A few shingles may be missing, a part of the rubber roof may have been blown off or severely damaged, the seams may have come off or there can be visibly identifiable damage, from cracks to dents or signs of a roof giving in. The age of the roof, the material used and the regular upkeep or lack of it will determine the vulnerability of commercial roofing. Threats it is exposed to will also influence the chances of damage. The bottom line is rather simple. You must be able to identify all kinds of damage and accordingly respond with adequate roof repair.
You will need to hire roofers to repair any damage in commercial roofing. Do not brush aside the necessity of replacing missing or damaged shingles. Even if you have to replace a certain part of the roof that accounts for a substantial expense, you must consider it as otherwise you are paving the way for a much severe crisis that shall be dearer to take care of. There are some damages that call for immediate roof repair. A few problems may be managed for now but will need a more holistic remedy soon enough. Discuss the possibilities with your roofers and choose the best remedy for your commercial roofing well in time for spring.
Address Obvious Problems in Commercial Roofing
There are a few problems that can be lived with but you should contemplate if you want to go for immediate roof repairs. It is better to attend to buckled shingles or torn membranes, dented planks or tiles, missing or damaged flashing, obvious signs of leaks, weathered stacks and damaged caulking or other materials you may have used for weather-stripping. Look for holes anywhere on the roof or the floor immediately below the deck. Check the sidings and parts of the façade near the roof. Everything should be prim and proper, with no signs of concern. Else, you must get your roofers to address the obvious problems.
Invest in Immediate Roof Repair
This is the most obvious advice regarding commercial roofing but it is necessary to highlight the reality avoiding immediate roof repair. You cannot preempt, definitely not with specificity, if a potential problem or minor issue will blow up to be a major crisis. The only thing you can do for your wellbeing and safety of everyone in the property, as well as protecting the building itself, is to invest in immediate roof repair. Discuss the problem, explore the shortlist of remedies if there is more than one option and make a rational choice. The longer you have issues unaddressed, the graver are the risks and you may end up paying much more on roof repair and possible replacement than you have to.
A Bonus Tip
Many commercial properties are weather-stripped for winter. The insulation necessary for the wintry months is quite different from what is deemed suitable for spring and the subsequent summer. Make sure your insulation is appropriate and shall remain reliable throughout the two seasons before you have to worry about a dip in mercury again.