Is your commercial rooftop on the right maintenance plan? While commercial rooftops are usually designed to weather whatever Mother Nature can throw at them, that doesn’t mean that they are immune to wear and tear. Maintenance is an important way to protect your commercial roof, spot any problems before they develop into leaks, and find ways to improve your roof. Let’s look at a few examples:
Maintenance WILL Save Money
Maintenance is an investment in your building’s health. If a commercial roof is ignored for years, it can develop a variety of problems. Cracks can form that need to be patched. Slow leaks can develop from ponding water that can seep down and damage insulation, which requires expensive repairs. If the roof responds poorly to harsh summers or cold winters, widespread damage can occur before anyone notices. We have also seen cases where warehouses and other storage facilities develop leaks out of neglect, which drip down and damage inventory inside the building as well.
All these things raise the costs of managing a commercial building and can take time to repair. But regular roof maintenance can help prevent these problems or fix them before they become widespread. When extended over the lifespan of a roof, that can add up to significant savings.
The Roof Will Last Longer Before It Needs to Be Replaced
Commercial rooftops are designed to last as long as possible. Durable plastic or bitumen materials can last decades with proper care, and metal commercial rooftops can last even longer. But maintenance will help ensure the roof lasts as long as possible. These roofs simply can’t achieve their maximum lifespan if experts check in on occasion and fix any minor problems that can mount up over time. In other words, regular maintenance will hold off the day when you finally need to replace the roof entirely.
Roof Maintenance Is Great for Liability, Too
Roof maintenance inspections don’t just help the roof itself. They can also spot problems that are dangerous for those working in or visiting the building below, including compromised structural materials, places where people really shouldn’t be walking out on the roof (which can be dangerous and cause damage to the roof at the same time), and even issues with mold spores. Regular maintenance both prevents these issues and helps protect business liability in the case of a lawsuit regarding an injury related to the roof – and property insurers like to see it, too.
Maintenance Can Spot Ways for You to Save Money
Maintenance checks are a great way to discuss or make plans for roof improvements that can help you save money. For example, adding a reflective layer to your roof to help make the building cooler or applying a coating to prevent moss and algae buildup in the future.
Remember, it’s important to find a professional company that has specific experience with commercial rooftop materials. Fortunately, that’s our specialty! If you would like to arrange a consultation to discuss maintenance plans and other needs, contact MG Roofing today.