A commercial building is not just a place where work can get done; it’s also an investment. Like any investment, with the proper care, it can grow in value or diminish. Commercial buildings are more important ever as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Workplaces will once again become safe for people to gather, and many companies will get back to business as usual.
However, that’s only possible if the building itself is in good condition. The roof is an often overlooked component of structural health. If you want to ensure your flat commercial roof has a long, reliable life, protecting your business activity from the elements, here are three things you should be doing to make that roof last longer.
Mount Things Carefully
One of the biggest advantages of a flat commercial roof is that it is ideal for the placement of additional equipment and objects. HVAC gear, for example, is heavy, occupies a lot of space, and depending on the usage, vents exhaust like heat. On the ground level, this can take up space and be uncomfortable. On a roof, however, there’s no issue.
It’s essential, however, to ensure that when mounting this equipment, it respects the structural integrity of the roof. Don’t cut corners by puncturing the roof to quickly secure equipment, as this can lead to structural weakening and eventually breakdown.
This is important for buildings with trees nearby, especially after storms or during certain parts of the year, such as autumn. Debris can, if left untended, damage a roof and eventually impact its ability to protect the building from the environment.
Branches, for example, can continue to scratch at the roof surface. Or, if the wind blows things around enough, even dig into layers or pry loose shingles and leave delicate inner structure exposed to wind and water. If they are left alone and subjected to storms, leaves can get wet and remain on the roof, possibly even plugging up the drainage.
Manage Weight Imbalance
A flat roof is designed to distribute weight equally. Anything that’s placed on the roof that ignores this delicate balance may eventually damage the roof and even cause a collapse. While it was previously considered nearly impossible, heavy snow, for example, can have this effect, and commercial roofs in northern states are often built to account for and compensate for this.
Roofs in this area may not always have this kind of structural reinforcement and can pay for it. Texas recently experienced one of the worst snowstorms in years. In addition to the power loss, some buildings couldn’t cope with the cold or the snow, and the financial price the state is paying may be greater than any previous flood or tornado ever experienced. Preparing for future weather resulting from climate change will save money if a roof is ready for extreme weather events.
If you need your roof inspected or repaired, we can help. Contact Gulf Tex Roofing & Services. We can assess your roof, see what kind of damage you’ve got and formulate an action plan to resolve the situation.