Maintaining your commercial roof is not only necessary for the integrity of your building, proof of routine maintenance is essential to protecting the roofing materials’ warranties. Forming a lasting relationship with a local, licensed roofer is the best thing you can do to protect your commercial roof, make sure it’s in top shape, and extend its lifespan.
Ultimately, routine maintenance of a commercial roof increases the value of the building and your business.
5 Smart Steps To Maintain A Commercial Roof
As the owner of a successful business, roof maintenance can easily slip to the bottom of your list of things to do. Yet, a well-maintained roof is essential to protecting the integrity of your building and preventing major leaks or roof damage from compromising the building’s interior. Plus, unnecessary roofing repairs or replacements are an expense you want to avoid.
Take these five smart steps to maintain your commercial roof and save thousands of dollars per decade. Plus, showing proof of routine roofing maintenance and repairs from a licensed roofing contractor is the only way you’ll be able to get full compensation from insurance carriers or warranty items.
Establish a relationship with a local, licensed roofer
The first step in maintaining a commercial roof is establishing a long-term relationship with a local, licensed roofer you can trust. We recommend interviewing at least three different roofing contractors before choosing the one that works best for you. Experience in commercial roofing is a must, and the best referrals often come from other business owners in the area.
Many roofing contractors have maintenance program opportunities. For an affordable monthly, quarterly, or annual fee some roofers offer membership programs. The membership offers business owners regular roof inspections and savings on necessary roof repairs and replacements. You also get top priority for inspections or repair calls at the beginning of the rainy season.
Schedule routine roof inspections
Your commercial roof should be inspected at least twice per year. Typically, we like to perform a late-spring inspection (at the end of the rainy season and then another one in the early fall (before the next storm season commences). This gives us a chance to clean up any messes and roofing debris, empty the gutters and downspouts to prevent overflows, and alert you to any roofing red flags that need immediate attention.
As with any building maintenance, catching potential issues on the early side saves you from larger repair bills later. Plus, routine roof inspections are proven to increase energy efficiency, which also saves your company money.
Keep a close eye on a flat roof design
Flat roof designs are a common feature in commercial buildings. While easy to build and access, flat roofs are more susceptible to water pooling and drainage issues that can lead to leaks or long-developing moisture problems. Without regular maintenance, your flat roof can develop issues that are only found when expensive repairs or replacements are the only solutions.
When you connect with us, we’ll schedule regular inspections for predetermined dates and keep an eye on things. Again, owners of flat-roofed businesses are well-served by joining a local roofer’s maintenance program to avoid the issues common to flat-roofs.
Preparation for storm and fire season
Bay area residents and business owners are more aware of fire risks than ever. The same is true for reputable roofing contractors. It’s our job to keep an eye on your roof and your landscape to make sure your building is prepared for both storm and fire season.
This includes recommending pruning of trees and bushes that create an excess fire risk, selecting roofing materials that are moisture and fire-resistant, and clearing the roof, gutters, and downspouts of accumulated debris so they can drain water and moisture away from the commercial roof building and foundation.
Keep the roof clean and attractive
Bay area commercial roofs are susceptible to wind-blown debris as well as algae in cooler, shadier locations. Both threaten the health of your roof and the commercial building. Plus, a dirty and poorly maintained roof takes away from the appearance of your brick-and-mortar storefront. Cleaning the roof and ensuring it looks its best is another way your roof increases value.
Schedule A Commercial Roof Inspection
Is your commercial building due for an inspection? Contact Pacific Coast Roofing, at (510) 912-5454, to schedule a free, no-obligation inspection. Our family-owned business has decades of roofing experience. We provide a quick response to anything roof related and are proud that 90% of our customers come by word-of-mouth from other satisfied commercial clients. Feel free to ask us for recent referrals!