How To Maintain Your Commercial Roof All Year Round
A roof is what protects a building from harsh elements of weather, through all seasons of the year. However, after the installation of a roof, it is often the case that this essential part of commercial buildings is overlooked. Many times, a roof is only inspected or maintained at the first sign of damage. However, this can prove to be expensive and could interrupt the regular functions of your business. With this in mind, it is important to have a plan all year round, through the different seasons to keep your roof in tip-top condition.
Here are three pointers on how to do this;
- Have a maintenance plan for your roof
As the business owner or lead, you should prepare an in-house guide on how you will maintain your roof all year round. Some points you should include in your plan are;
- The number of times you will have your roof inspected.
- A checklist of what to look out for during inspection e.g. corrosion, sagging parts, cracks in the sealant and so on.
- An action plan on what to do in case damage is found.
- Schedule routine inspections
Plan to have a professional roof contractor inspect your roof routinely. Just as the equipment in your factory or industry need regular maintenance, so does your roof. You may settle for a routine inspection after every season or twice a year. You could also schedule for inspections after a sudden shift in the weather, or after an especially bad rainstorm.
Having a professional do this inspection will ensure that no defect will be missed. A trained eye can pick out the slightest damage. In the event that damage is noted, it is wise to schedule repairs immediately.
- Schedule routine repairs
The importance of this point cannot be over-emphasized. Once you notice any defect, it is important that you schedule it in for repairs. A defect such as a crack, if ignored, could extend and cause extensive damage to the entire roof and structure of the building through leaks.
- Use the services of a roofing contractor who is licensed and reputable
Following on the heels of point number 3, it is important to hire and keep the services of a reputable and licensed roofing contractor. This may be slightly more expensive than getting a handy man every time you need repairs, but it saves you the trouble of dealing with quacks. A reputable roofing contractor will inspect and repair any damages as they are spotted. The roofing contractor will also offer valuable advice on roof maintenance and how to keep your roof functioning better, longer. Another advantage of using the services of a licensed roof contractor is that repairs can be done as soon as any defects or damages are noticed.
In conclusion, it is important to note that roof maintenance needs you to be proactive rather than reactive. Regular maintenance will save you money and help fix problems before they mutate into bigger issues that may cripple your whole business.