Commercial rooftops can be easy to forget about, especially if the rest of the building is doing fine. However, those roofs need attention, too – they bear the brunt of bad weather, and damage can cause serious leaks
that can harm the building over time. That’s why it’s so important to know the state of your roof, and the best way for most property owners to do that is with a robust maintenance plan! Here’s what it should include:
Regular Roof Inspections
No one expects you to personally climb up or walk out onto a roof to see how it’s doing. That’s why professionals offer scheduled roof inspections to keep an eye on the roof for you. We know what to look for, if anything needs repairs, and if any local weather conditions may have caused particular problems. It’s a good idea to have a roof inspection twice a year, but owners may also want to arrange inspections after bad storms or if it looks like anything has gone wrong. Your roofer should be certified and experienced with commercial roofing, which can be very different from residential roofing.
If inspections – or particularly bad storms – lead to roof damage, it’s important to arrange repairs quickly. You don’t want to give leaks any chance to spread and cause extensive damage to your roof. Call and arrange repairs quickly so that you can find a time that works with the roofer’s schedule, rather than delaying the process.
Conduct Basic Maintenance
There are simple maintenance tasks that you or a qualified cleaning company can do to help keep your roof in good condition and avoid any problems. That includes cleaning out drains, removing debris, taking care of moss or algae problems, and more. This regular cleaning can also help you spot serious problems like ponding water after a rainstorm. Because there are many different types of commercial rooftops with differing materials, you should ask a roofing expert what kind of maintenance you should be performing.
Remember to Keep All Records
It’s important to have a history of your roofing and any work done to it! That includes records of repairs and installments, information on warranties, reports for any inspections that are conducted, and anything else. This can be very helpful when finding ways to save money, arranging for more repairs, or getting help with insurance.
Have Important Roof Policies in Place
If you haven’t already done so, arrange policies that make it clear that roof access is restricted only to those authorized. While you can walk on many commercial rooftops, it causes wear and tear and may directly damage the roof. If necessary, consider basic access control like door locks.
Is your roof lacking a maintenance plan? Are you not even sure what condition its currently in? Schedule your inspection or call MG Roofing today to talk about a plan, what needs to be done to keep a roof healthy, and what steps you can take next.