Commercial buildings are typically higher than residential structures, and must be able to withstand greater exposure to the elements. It is essential that regular inspection and maintenance is carried out to prevent problems from developing and to repair any normal wear and tear. It also makes practical sense to maintain commercial roofing properly because it ensures that it can protect the building better and longer. It will certainly save the building owner from expensive repairs and replacements that would otherwise be unnecessary with regular maintenance.
Scheduling regular inspection and maintenance of commercial roofing will depend on how old the roof is, the type of weather, how much foot traffic it experiences on a regular basis, and its history of previous issues. Typically, a bi-annual inspection is a good rule of thumb in commercial roofing maintenance.
Here is a checklist of what maintenance should include:
- Visual inspection to identify signs of leaks or failure of previous repair work
- Development of an action plan for identified and potential problems, including a repair plan for immediately after a significant incident such as hurricane
- Removal of debris and loose objects which may hold moisture or ignite during a fire
- Removal of branches that overhang the roof to prevent the accumulation of leaves and friction of the wood on the roofing material
- Inspection of gutters and downspouts for obstructions such as twigs, leaves, and waste materials such as paper and plastic and removal
- Inspection of roof equipment and vents to ensure that their seals are intact, tighten or replace any loose parts, and repair any gaps in roof flashing
- Consult with a roofing contractor to check the integrity of the material after a hail event and to make a general inspection, assessment and recommendations
It is easy to forget about the roof that protects a commercial building until major problems develop. It should be a priority for any building owner to prevent this from happening.