The ways we live and work have certainly changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but both living and working continue on. This also means that for commercial buildings, usage continues to have some wear and tear effects on the overall structure, and that includes the roof.
Fortunately, the roofing industry is one that is always ready to help, but if you want to get the most value from your commercial roof, you can take some precautions. Here are four actions you can take to make your roof last longer.
Check For Leaks
This doesn’t require you to go on the roof, and it’s something that you, your employees, or your tenants can be mindful of. Occasional reminders to check for leaks in the ceiling coming down from the roof is one of the best ways to prevent large-scale roof damage.
A leak isn’t a significant risk. However, it is an “early warning” to you that something is wrong. If you’re alert to leaks and respond to them quickly, you take care of a small, inexpensive problem before it becomes a large, costly one.
Check The Roof After Work Has Been Done
You shouldn’t have to do this, but unfortunately, we live in a world where you can never be too sure. Sometimes, for example, the installation of a new HVAC unit on the roof will require a sizable crew of professionals working up there. This can lead to accidents, such as dropped tools, or too much weight improperly compensated for leading to dents and punctures.
Any of these can lead to a gradual deterioration in the roof condition. Still, you can get it addressed quickly if you catch it after the deed is done, rather than find out months or years later.
Keep The Roof Clean
This tip will make a lot of people groan, but it is probably the single best thing you can do to add decades of reliable protection to your roof. A clean roof is one that has less chance of developing problems. Moss accumulating, or even branches constantly scratching at coating, or shingles can all eventually lead to damage.
If you have a tree overhanging your roof, falling leaves may also eventually clog drainage, which can lead to ponding and water damage. All of this is avoidable with a bit of care.
Get Your Roof Inspected
One of the best things you can to take care of your roof is to keep the professionals in the loop. Having a roofer come over to evaluate your roof regularly—annually is usually sufficient—is an excellent way to stay on top of things.
A professional will know whether recent work done on a roof has resulted in damage. They can also spot the telltale signs of wear and tear. More importantly, they can ensure that even if you haven’t addressed it, they have checked to ensure that all drainage systems are working correctly.
If you’d like someone to inspect or maintain your commercial roof, we can help. Contact Gulf Tex Roofing & Services, and we’ll evaluate your property and advise you on any work that needs to be done.