We know there is plenty to think about when running your business. And we know one of the last things on your mind is the condition of your roof. Tim Leeper Roofing has years of experience with commercial roofing and offers tips to make maintaining your commercial roof easy and routine.
There are several areas on your commercial roof that need regular inspection. We recommend you check these areas once a quarter.
- Clean debris from drains and gutters. You may need to do this several times in the fall quarter as leaves block your gutters and back water up into roof penetrations.
- Scuppers are openings built in to your commercial roof to allow water to drain off. Make sure there is no debris blocking the opening.
- Corner flashing needs to be inspected regularly as roof penetrations are almost always the culprit behind a roof leak. If your flashing is detached, it is only a matter of time before water is going to make its way into your building and cause damage.
You also want to inspect the roof itself once a quarter. Asphaltic roofs can develop “blisters”. This happens when moisture gets into the roof and the roof detaches from the insulation, causing a pocket of air. Anytime you have that pocket of air, you have a chance of water seeping in.
Lastly, we highly recommend educating your maintenance personnel about the particular commercial roof you have. A lot of businesses hire outside HVAC companies to maintain their systems, which are typically located on the roof. If these techs are not properly trained on the type of roof you have, they can unwittingly cause damage that over time will lead to leaks and internal damage. Be sure to keep a maintenance log for all personnel that has access to the roof so you can track back any leaks to recent activity on the roof.
There are many upsides to routine maintenance, including keeping mold away, keeping happy tenants, lower repair costs, minimized damage, and minimized risk of insurance cancellations.
(Video Transcription) While residential projects are important to be maintained, they are not nearly as critical as you will find in the commercial aspect. Commercially, you really need to have your roof inspected every year and sometime multiple times depending on how big your project is. If you have a 20,000 sq ft warehouse, that’s a lot of roof and that’s probably a lot of penetrations, that’s a lot of walls, that’s a lot of flashing details that need to be accounted for. And if you’re having that conversation on a regular basis then you don’t have to have the replacement conversation that comes unexpectedly. Because repairs and maintenance is critical for a commercial roof and people that discount that often find themselves replacing their roof way sooner than they should.