Commercial roofing maintenance is a must if you want to make sure your investment withstands the test of time. The roof of your building takes a beating over the years due to sun, wind and, in some instances, hail. The better you take care of it, the longer it will last – and the less of a chance you’ll need extensive repairs. Here are some of the things you can do to make sure your roof lasts as long as possible.
1. Have a Professional Check the Roof Regularly
You should consider scheduling a commercial roofing maintenance appointment every six months to make sure it is in good shape. The best times are the late fall and early spring. An expert can come out to your building to make sure everything is in good shape, and identify minor issues before they turn into major problems.
2. Watch for Tree Overgrowth
When tree limbs get too large, they can repeatedly scrape your roof when moved by the wind. This won’t do a lot of damage every once in a while, but over time they can scrape or even puncture a roof. When branches are damaged, they can fall on a roof and cause extensive problems. Have any nearby trees trimmed regularly and make sure any dead branches are removed.
3. Clean the Gutters
It would be easy to overlook the gutters on the outside of your building, but if they become clogged that can lead to an accumulation of water that can damage your roof. Schedule cleanings each six months, but you may need to do so more often if you’re in an area that experiences a lot of wind and rain.
4. Watch for Water Damage
If you have even a minor roof leak, that can lead to big problems over the long run. Check for stained ceiling tiles or discolored walls and call a pro if you spot them.
5. Check the Roof After a Storm
Even though everything might seem OK with your building after a big storm rolls through, that doesn’t mean your roof escaped damage. Check the flashing of the roof (the area between the roof and the building walls) in particular for any missing pieces.
6. Protect Your Roof from the Sun
The sun’s ultraviolet rays aren’t just dangerous to humans – they can do a number on a roof. Look into roofing options that can help minimize that damage and also help you save money on your monthly energy bills.
7. Purchase a Maintenance Plan
It can be easy to forget to call a roofing company every six months for maintenance. Your best bet will be to purchase a commercial maintenance plan so that you don’t need to worry about remembering to schedule appointments. To learn more, contact Paradigm Roofing online or call 972-542-7774.