"Do judge a roof by it's cover"
November 20, 2017
The roof on your commercial property is a one-of-a-kind structural component due to its design, the construction materials and methods used, the type of roof system and how it’s installed. If your goal is to take excellent care of this critically-important building element, you need to implement a roof maintenance plan that factors in its unique characteristics. Here’s some advice on how to put together an individualized plan for your property:
Having a dependable, knowledgeable roofer you can rely on for advice and expert service is essential to keep your roof well maintained. General knowledge isn’t enough, however; your roofer needs to have experience installing, maintaining and repairing your specific type of roof system and material. If your roof is still under warranty, it’s also vital to choose a roofer who’s certified by your material manufacturer so repairs meet their specifications.
Semi-annual roof inspections are the foundation of a good maintenance plan. The first one should give you a reliable baseline of the roof’s overall condition, so you can establish a comprehensive maintenance program going forward. To gather as much information as possible, your roofer should evaluate every component of the roof, take core samples to verify the roof type and thickness, and perform a moisture assessment.
In addition to the weather extremes we experience in St. Louis, the exact location of your property and how the building(s) are sited can affect maintenance issues that might develop on the roof. For example, if some sections are shaded or sit in full sun much of the time, they can deteriorate in different ways and require specific maintenance procedures or more frequent care.
Ideally, you should implement a proactive maintenance plan the day your commercial roof is installed, but you may not have that luxury if you’ve just acquired or began managing an existing property. However, your roofing contractor should be able to tell you the existing asset’s approximate age/how long it might last after performing an initial inspection. With an older roof, you may need to augment your maintenance plan with appropriate preservation measures and/or budgeting for a replacement in the near future.
For help developing a roof maintenance plan that takes the unique characteristics of your St. Louis commercial property into consideration, contact us at Jewett Roofing today.