Spring is officially here. With spring comes spring cleaning and maintenance. If you are a building owner, you probably already have a long list of things to do, but one thing you don't want to leave off that list is maintenance for your commercial roof.
Here are some springtime maintenance tips for your commercial roof this season to extend its life and ensure it remains in top working order.
Schedule Your Inspections
Spring is just one of the two seasons when roofing contractors recommend that you have an inspection done on your commercial roofing system. The roofing company will evaluate each component of your roof and make recommendations for what may need to be done.
They will make a note of any damage there may be, including damage to the flashing on the roof, damaged skylights, leaks, and other possible problem areas like soft spots, ponding water, and membrane punctures.
Clean the Gutters
Next on your springtime maintenance list should be gutter cleaning. Leaves, tree limbs, and other debris can make their way onto your commercial roof during the winter months. This debris can cause a blockage in your gutters which leads to water buildup on the roof. Gutters need to be cleaned so that the water can flow freely off the roof and away from the building.
Clean the Rooftop
A good springtime cleaning is necessary to ensure your commercial roof has a long life. It also helps improve aesthetics. Over time, dirt and other debris can begin to buildup on the rooftop's surface. Eventually, this kind of dirty buildup can lead to mold infestation. To prevent this, you can use a pressure wash to clean the surface of your commercial roof.
Check for Moisture
As part of your annual inspection, you also want to perform a moisture survey. This can help detect any changes in the materials of the roof due to water. An infrared scan is often used for this. The infrared scan can measure the heat retention levels or loss by way of the insulation. When there is wet insulation, you will find that it transmits the heat much differently compared to dry insulation.
Many commercial buildings are also surrounded by large trees. When these trees grow out toward the roof of your building, you will want to trim them back regularly. If not, broken tree branches, leaves, and other debris can fall onto the rooftop and potentially cause damage and block your gutters.
Finally, if you have any leaks or other damage, then make the repairs as soon as possible. Even a minor leak can turn into a costly disaster in the future. Always examine the roof for leaks, inspect all surface materials, and check the vents, downspouts, caulking, membranes, and every other roof component.
For more information on roof inspections or repairs, contact the experts at Gulf Tex Roofing and Services.