Following a routine roof maintenance plan will help you identify minor problems before they become major ones. By catching problems early, you can take low-cost, corrective action that increases the lifespan of your roof and helps you avoid the hefty costs of major commercial roof repairs and replacements.
- Schedule regular roof inspections and maintenance
Your roof maintenance plan should include regular professional inspections and maintenance (at least twice a year) to extend the life of your roof and keep it in the best condition possible.
Because extreme weather can and will do damage to your commercial roof, it’s best to schedule these inspections after the coldest and hottest times of the year.
Having a professional, experienced roof contractor inspect your roof and scrutinise everything from installation to the external structure, and roofing attachments like skylights will help detect even the smallest faults and errors. They’ll then take immediate action to repair damaged areas or strengthen weak spots so you can be assured that your building is protected and up to standards.
Biannual (or more) inspections and maintenance take far less time and cost significantly less than major roof repairs or a full roof replacement. Keep your business open and your clients happy by catching small problems before they become big ones.
- Inspect your roof after major weather events
While you and your clients shelter from the rain or blistering sun in your building, your roof is weathering the storm. Your roof is the first line of defense against the natural elements so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that extreme weather can cause significant damage to it.
Strong winds can blow debris across your roof and dislodge roof flashings and cladding. Clogged drains and heavy rains can create pools of standing water while gutters/downpipes filled with leaves and debris become blocked causing overflow and flooding of building interiors.
Hailstorms can crack or puncture roof materials (or even cause a partial roof collapse), while high temperatures can make your building’s structure expand, causing cracks to appear in your roof.
With all the stress that extreme weather can cause to your roof, it’s important that you follow all major weather incidents with an inspection to assess any damage that’s been done and book necessary repairs immediately.
- Make commercial roof repairs quickly
It’s true what they say: prevention is better than a cure. But, no matter how vigilant you are or how well-maintained your commercial roof is, you’ll likely come across a few cracks, leaks, or gaps during its lifetime. When the inevitable happens, make sure you address repairs quickly, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant the damage is.
If you ignore that small hole in the roof, you may soon have to deal with some unwelcome occupants: insects, rodents, and birds will gladly set up house in the warmth and comfort of your building. Meanwhile, that tiny leak keeps getting bigger and bigger, becoming the perfect breeding ground for allergy-causing mould infestations. Mould can be extremely dangerous so if you suspect your roof or building is infected, we strongly recommend you have it inspected by a professional immediately.
Quickly finding and fixing holes or leaks in your roof before they become dangerous for everyone in the building will keep your customers safe and comfortable while also protecting your building and business from pests and mould.
A word to the wise – any damage to the roof membrane, flashings, cladding, and cappings should be reported and repaired immediately by a professional contractor. If you decided to hire an unauthorised contractor or tackle a roof system problem yourself, your actions could void the roof’s warranty and lead to your insurance claim being rejected.