Commercial roofs endure daily onslaughts of UV exposure and potentially harsh, damaging weather like heavy rain, sleet, and hail.
Over time, even the highest-quality commercial roof is going to start showing signs of degradation. A neglected commercial roof isn’t going to do as good of a job at protecting the rest of the building from water ingress, mold, or rot. That’s why it’s critical to have a sound commercial roof maintenance plan in place to protect your roofing investment and provide your property with ongoing protection, year-round.
The cost of replacing a damaged or dilapidated commercial roof ranges from $5-$20 per square foot, depending on the material used and the type of roof.
So, for a 10,000 square-foot commercial facility, an investment in a new roof is likely to be between $50,000 to $200,000. This is no small expense for any business owner!
To get the most out of this investment, A-to-Z Roofing and Exteriors is offering up these commercial roofing maintenance tips. Integrating these tips into your overall property management strategy will go a long way to ensure you get the most life out of your commercial roof.
Tip #1: Be Diligent about Roof Inspections
It’s easy to forget about the roof on your commercial property. After all, you don’t look at it very much on a day-to-day basis. More often than not, business and property owners have more pressing tasks to attend to, which makes sense.
But, to squeeze the most amount of life from your commercial roof, it’s vital that a physical roof inspection is performed at least twice a year and after every significant weather event.
Now, before you think you can just climb up to the roof and inspect it yourself, remember that it takes a qualified roofing technician to be able to detect areas of compromised or damaged roofing. We suggest hiring a licensed, certified roofing contractor like A-to-Z Roofing and Exteriors to conduct an extensive inspection of your entire roof.
Often, locating a damaged section of commercial roofing early can save you thousands by addressing a small problem that might otherwise turn into a colossal one over time.
Tip #2: Keep an Eye Out for Interior Signs of Water Ingress
The phrase ‘water ingress’ is just a fancy term for leaks.
Leaky commercial roofs don’t always reveal themselves the day it rains (or even in the days after). Sometimes, it can take weeks or months for a small roof leak to reveal itself.
When it does, you’re likely to notice these symptoms:
Mold or mildew
A pungent, foul odor
Accumulation of dirt or debris
In more extreme cases, wood rot can result from commercial roof leaks that are left unresolved for long periods of time.
If you notice a section of your interior that is exhibiting any of these signs of water ingress, you’re going to want to take action sooner than later to ensure that further damage isn’t caused to your commercial property.
The good news is that areas of commercial roofs that are damaged due to leaks can be spot-fixed at a lower cost than if the situation was left to worsen.
Tip #3: Pay Attention to Water Management Hardware
As with internal signs of roof degradation, there are external ones, as well. All of the hardware that is required to effectively disperse water from your building needs to be in good condition in order to prolong the life of your commercial roof.
Make it a point to complete a simple, visual inspection of the following elements of your commercial property:
If any of these components show tears, rips, or detachment from the building, your roof could be paying the price. It’s best to address these issues now by calling in the experts at A-to-Z Roofing and Exteriors.
For Commercial Roof Maintenance, Trust the Pros at A-to-Z
For low-slope or flat-roofed commercial buildings, A-to-Z Roofing and Exteriors is your trusted resource for all things maintenance.
Has it been a while since a qualified technician has inspected your roof? Do you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing your building is adequately protected from the harsh Colorado climate?
Contact our team today, and schedule a roof inspection. We’ll execute a detailed analysis of the condition of your roof and offer any maintenance recommendations that might be appropriate for the age and style of the roof on your building.
Our team is standing by and ready to hear from you. Get in touch today!