The Importance of Commercial Roof Inspection and Maintenance

Jul 29, 2020 | Roofing

The most cost-effective way to keep your commercial roof efficient and in good shape is preventive maintenance. Regular roof inspections and maintenance is one of the best investments you can make for your building. Keep in mind that a well-performing roofing system is essential to your building’s comfort, energy-efficiency and safety.

Read on to learn more about the importance of commercial roof inspections and maintenance. 

Delay the Need for a Roof Replacement

Routine inspections can help detect minor roofing issues before they turn into costly repairs. The earlier you address roofing problems, the more you can save in the long run. When taken care of properly, your roof can last for more than 20 years. However, without maintenance, roofs may only last for 10 to 15 years. 

Keep Your Building’s Interior in Good Shape

The equipment and valuable items inside your building are likely more expensive than roof repairs. Water leaking from the roof can affect electrical systems and even damage digital devices, such as computers. With routine maintenance or keeping your roof in good condition, property and material damage can be avoided. 

Save Yourself from the Hassle

The first thing that comes to mind when the ceiling starts dripping is to put trash cans to catch the water. However, bins and containers can be obstructions for your staff and customers. When the container overflows, water can create a slippery surface that can create a slipping hazard to the occupants of your building. Moreover, when your roof is in good shape, you can also avoid constant service calls and save on emergency repair costs. Roof leaks can compromise the metal and wood components of your building, which can be costly to fix. 

What to Expect in Your Routine Maintenance

Inspections

Commercial roofing specialists recommend having your roof inspected at least twice a year, preferably during spring and fall. Your roofer should check drains and downspouts and make sure they are clog-free. 

They should inspect roof fixtures and flashings for gaps or tears. Your rooftop vents and equipment must also be checked and properly sealed. Once they have detected signs of damage to your roof, they would recommend solutions. 

Repairs

It’s best to leave repairs to the hands of professionals because they require proper tools and supplies.  Your roofer may use mastics like polymer-modified mastics for mending small blisters and splits. The polymers in the mastics allow for more flexibility and better UV resistance. They also feature low-temperature flexibility that helps prevent cracking and leaks during cold weather. 

Reflective Coatings

Adding reflective coatings to your roof can help improve its resistance against harsh outdoor elements. High-quality reflective coatings are not only UV-resistant but also resist weather extremes. You can maximize the reflectivity of your roof by applying a reflective coating with a significant amount of aluminum paste. 

UV rays can dry out your roof, which can result in cracking and splitting. It won’t take long before moisture infiltrates your building once the cracks have occurred. When not addressed, leaks can lead to structural damage and early roof failure. Besides acting as a protective barrier, roof coatings can also save you money on energy costs by increasing the R-value of your building. Roof coatings come in a wide range of options, so it would help to speak with a roofing specialist to determine the best one for your roofing system. 

Looking for a reputable roofing contractor for your project? Choose Turner Home Improvement Contractors for your residential and commercial roofing needs. We also install high-quality siding, windows, doors, and decks. Call us at (636) 866-5660 or fill out our contact form to request an estimate. We work with clients around CT.