"Do judge a roof by it's cover"
June 26, 2017
Your commercial roof is one of your most costly property assets, so it makes sense to keep it in good repair so it reaches its full useful life-span. Studies have revealed that a neglected roof can require replacement in just 13 years, while a well-cared for roof can last for 21 years or longer. To delay replacement as long as possible and get the greatest ROI, you need to take a multi-prong approach that includes routine inspections, commercial roof maintenance, preservation measures like roof coatings and strategies for tackling repairs.
To learn what repairs are necessary and when, it’s essential to have a local roofing contractor, who’s familiar with your specific type of roof system, perform annual inspections. You can use your inspection report and the advice of your contractor to help you determine what repairs are needed right away and learn about developing issues that will need repair in the near future.
As a general guide, your strategy for roof repairs should focus on the following four areas:
It’s vital to address issues with the membrane that give water easy entry route into the roof system where it can saturate the insulation, and cause decking deterioration and interior leaks. Your roofer will know the best methods for repairing and sealing seam separations, cracks, blisters, bubbles, punctures and tears so they don’t leak.
Intact flashing around the roof’s parapets and perimeter is essential to keep the membrane in place. Any damaged, missing or rusted sections must be repaired promptly and the membrane re-secured to prevent billowing and tearing so the roof stays watertight.
If the scuppers and internal drains are clogged with debris, or inadequately sized to carry a large enough volume of rainwater, water can pond in some areas, deteriorate the membrane and weaken the roof decking. An experienced roofer can test the drain system to find and fix any deficiencies and prevent leaks.
Your roof likely has numerous penetrations for pipes, vents, installed equipment and/or skylights that are sealed to keep water out of the roof system. Defects in the rain collars, pitch pans, field wraps and pipe boots should be identified and corrected quickly to avoid water intrusions.
For expert assistance with commercial roof maintenance and repairs for your St. Louis property, contact us today at Jewett Roofing.