One of the biggest infrastructure investments you will make in your business is the commercial roof. To protect this investment, there are some things you can do to ensure you get the full life out of the material. These tips will not only keep your roof protected, but will help you reduce risks to your business and save you money over time. Here are four tips to extend the life of your commercial roof.
Install The Right Roofing Material
Different commercial roofing materials have different lifespans. Before installing your new roof, speak with your roofing contractor to determine which material not only matches your needs and budget but also has a long lifespan. Here are the general lifespans of the most common roofing materials:
- TPO (Thermoplastic Oflefin): 22-30 years
- EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer): 22-35 years
- Modified Bitumen: 20-30 years
- Metal Roof: 30-45 years
- Asphalt Roof: 20-40 years
The range of the lifespan of the materials is impacted by the quality of installation, as well as, environmental factors. Working with a certified and licensed roofing contractor will ensure that you not only pick a material with a long lifespan, but it will be installed correctly.
Schedule Regular Inspections
Regular inspections can help ensure you get the most longevity out of your roof. You should have your roof inspected twice a year. You should also have an inspection done after every major storm. Most commercial roofing companies offer inspection and service packages for very affordable rates. By having your roof regularly inspected, you will be able to catch any issues like peeling seams, pooling water, or lifting flashing before they become expensive problems like leaks or cave-ins. Regular roof maintenance will also help keep your roof clear of debris, preventing problems from developing later on.
Repair At The First Sign Of A Problem
Roof issues are tricky. A small visible leak may not seem like much, but often by the time you see the signs of a leak, there is already thousands of dollars of damage done. Letting a small leak go will lead to further issues. To avoid these costly issues, have your roof repaired by a professional the moment there’s a sign of a problem.
Work With A Professional Roofing Company
The best way to protect your roof and get the full lifespan out of the materials is to work with a professional roofing company. Roofing professionals have specialized knowledge and can help work with you to keep your building in great shape. Hiring a roofing professional to install, inspect, and maintain your roof is very affordable and typically pays for themselves over time by reducing the costs of maintenance and your utility bills.
At Gulf Tex Roofing and Services, we do it all. We can help you pick a material with a long lifespan. Install it professionally so there aren’t issues down the line. We offer a comprehensive inspection and maintenance program to keep your roof in great shape for its full life. To learn more, give us a call and we’ll be happy to put together a plan for you.