Your Commercial Roof Needs You to Pay Attention — Now!
April 17, 2017
The old adage “out of sight, out of mind” shouldn’t apply to the roof on your commercial property. Not only is the roof itself an expensive asset, it also shields the entire structure from weather-related degradation and damage. If you’re not giving your commercial roof the attention it needs and deserves, you can’t get the full ROI on the roofing asset, and you can face a number of other consequences such as:
- Sudden and unexpected leaks that require emergency roof repairs.
- A rise in your building’s heating and cooling costs due to water-logged, ineffective insulation.
- Serious water infiltrations that result in lost building revenue or business income.
- Costly structural and interior repairs to fix water-damaged roof decking, insulation, framing, drywall, ceiling tiles or HVAC and electrical system components.
- Air quality degradation, interior damage and the expense of remediation services due to mold growth.
What Kind of Attention Does Your Commercial Roof Need?
While you or your maintenance staff can identify significant damage on the roof, the well-trained and experienced eyes of a commercial roofing contractor are better able to spot the subtle signs of aging and deterioration that need attention to prevent leaks from occurring. A pro can work with you to prolong the life of your roof through:
- Regularly-scheduled inspections. A contractor who’s familiar with your type of roof system should do a detailed inspection twice a year to thoroughly assess the condition of the membrane, penetration and perimeter flashings, drainage system and all other system components.
- Routine maintenance. Your roofer can advise you on the maintenance tasks your staff should perform regularly, like clearing debris off the roof field, keeping the drains, scuppers and downspouts free of debris, removing areas of standing water after each rain, doing visual checks for missing or damaged perimeter flashing, and trimming any overhanging tree branches.
- Timely repairs. Each inspection report you receive should include a prioritized list of any repairs that are needed to keep the roof watertight and in good condition.
- Preservation measures. Depending on the age and condition of the roof, your contractor may recommend having a waterproof coating applied that seals and adds a protective top layer to the existing roof and allows you to postpone a tear-off and replacement.
If the roof on your property needs attention, contact us at Jewett Roofing, your St. Louis commercial roofing contractors with decades of experience.