You want the activity within your commercial, industrial or retail building to go smoothly every day. Disruptions cost money. But issues on the roof, perhaps the single most important element of your commercial structure, can sabotage your well-oiled economic machine. To minimize the risk of business breakdown, you should contract for regular roof maintenance by a professional contractor. Consider these benefits of commercial roof maintenance.
Correct Installation Errors
It's no secret in the construction industry that developers often hire the lowest bidders for their roof builds. Brand new commercial roofs can sometimes have serious flaws that become apparent within the first year of installation. At the initial inspection, your maintenance company can often identify several problems waiting to happen. A few quickly identifiable defects include:
- Open or weak seams in single-ply systems
- Poorly-flashed protrusions
- Unflashed HVAC curbs
- Unfilled pitch pans
- Unsecured metal coping on the parapet walls
- Lack of termination bar where needed
- Construction debris left to blow in the wind and possibly puncture membranes
- Backward flashings at scuppers and protrusions
- Exposed underlayment
Prevent Leaks Before They Happen
Even if the installation crew performed well, the roof will age. The sun, rain, hail and wind will attack the roofing material relentlessly. Weaknesses tend to become leaks quickly, but strong seams can eventually pull apart as well. Caulking and other liquid seals shrink. Nails loosen. Metal rusts. Eventually, any number of components will wear out. Regular inspections reveal when items need to be addressed to prevent leaks and wind damage.
Stretch the Life of the Roof and Save Money
When elements on the roof show signs of imminent failure, they can usually be spot replaced or repaired. You wouldn't want to replace a whole roof because a few pipe jacks developed holes, or corner flashings have pulled loose. But if the roof receives no attention, at some point all the little issues will compound until replacement becomes the only sensible option.
Avoid Potential Liability
Small leaks that may seem harmless at first can become serious enough to cause interior damage. If employees or customers slip on water or suffer an electrical shock from a preventable leak, you could face liability claims. Keeping on top of potential leaks can turn that risk away.
Your Roofing Contractor Becomes Familiar with Your Roof
The value of having a maintenance partner that is familiar with your roof can be invaluable. When an unexpected problem occurs, your roof specialist will have no need to pore over the roof inch by inch to find the offending component. Instead, they will probably know exactly where to start looking and what tools and materials they should bring, saving a lot of time and you a lot of diagnostic expense.
If you recognize the value of regular commercial roof maintenance by an experienced, knowledgeable commercial roofing contractor, contact us today to schedule your consultation. MG Roofing, Inc. employs seasoned professionals competent in every type of flat, metal and historic roof system.