Commercial properties offer some unique challenges when it comes to maintaining them. For one thing, they are typically much larger than a residential building and a lot of times the materials used are different from those that are on other buildings. That being said, the fact that they typically house businesses means things like a leaking roof is a huge problem. Keeping up with the maintenance is important and the roof is part of that.
Roof Inspection and Maintenance
Getting up on the roof of your commercial property might not be high on your priority list but someone needs to take a look at every year. Since a large percentage of commercial roofs are flat, they can trap water, snow, and other debris on them that can have an adverse effect over time. In the winter time, snow loads can become too heavy for a flat roof so it is important that you do not leave large amounts of snow on the roof. Hire a contractor to remove it if you have a large building but don't just leave it. In the spring, water may puddle on the roof if the drains are not working and standing water can find a way into the building, damaging things inside. When you get the roof inspected, you want the contractor to look for any damage to the roof that might allow it to leak or could be a structural issue.
Repairing The Roof
If the commercial roof inspection of your roof uncovered any damage, you will want a commercial roofing contractor to come out and fix it as soon as possible. Ignoring could cause it to get worse and having a failure of the roof is not something you want. Depending on the style of the roof, the repair may not take much time and could last for years or it could mean replacing the entire roof. The only way you can be sure is to get the report and estimate from your inspection. A large portion of the commercial buildings out there have flat roofs with rubberized roofing material and seams that are sealed with hot rubber or tar. Because of this, a small hole in the material can be patched to keep the water out but it also means that if a large section is damaged, the entire roof often has to be removed and replaced.
Rocks, Drains, and The Roof
Along with the rubber roofing material, a lot of flat roofs are covered in small, smooth rocks to help protect it. The rocks need to be removed when the repair work starts and put back over the repair when it is complete, The rocks also help the water drain from the roof more evenly, allowing it to seep through to the drains that are on the roof. Typically, the drains are set every few feet and run through the roof, inside a wall, and into the sewer system below the building. If a drain is clogged and not working, it may mean getting a drain cleaner out to snake out the drain and open it up. Don't let it sit because the standing water around the drain will have a better chance of getting in and causing damage inside the building.Share
19 March 2018
I was concerned that a recent hailstorm might have caused damage to my roof. While inspecting my roof, the roofing contractor noted cracked shingles and granule loss from the impact of the hailstones. I didn't want my roof to start leaking, so I immediately had the damaged shingles replaced. Hi, my name is Troy Blakely and in this blog, you'll find out about the various types of shingle damage. You'll also learn how to determine if you need to have your roof repaired or replaced. I didn't know this information until the roofing contractor explained it to me. Then I decided that I would help other people by spreading the word. A damaged or leaky roof can cause expensive damage to the inside of your home and that's why it's so important to address roof issues as quickly as possible.