Maximize The Life Of Your Commercial Roof With These Roof Care Tips

15 February 2022
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Your commercial roof isn't built to last forever — it will gradually degrade over time and require a replacement. The good news is, you can extend its life by taking good care of it.

Preventative roof maintenance is intended to maintain the structural integrity of a roof by ensuring early detection and remediation of existing and potential problems. This way, small issues can be addressed before they turn into bigger issues that require time-consuming and costly repairs.

With that said, here are some steps you can take to keep your commercial roof in mint condition while minimizing roof repair bills. 

Clean Your Roof

While roof cleaning helps make your commercial property look aesthetically pleasing, it can also increase the roof's service life. This is because it helps remove the dirt and debris that creates a conducive environment for microbial organisms like moss, algae, mildew, and mold to grow on your roof and eat away at it.

When pressure-washing a roof, low-pressure water should be used to prevent damage to the roofing material.

Clean Your Gutters

Although it is regarded as a part of roof cleaning, gutter cleaning is often offered as a separate service. Gutters require specialized attention to inspect and clean properly.

Gutters are designed to ensure quick and efficient drainage of the roof's runoff. If they become clogged with leaves, bird droppings, and other large debris that fall on the surface of your roof, they'll cause rainwater to stand on your roof. Standing water on the roof leads to a higher risk of a leak. 

Cleaning your gutters before, during, and after the rainy months is a great way to prevent problems that may result from rainwater ponding on the roof too long after a storm.

Inspect Your Roof

Regular roof inspections make it possible to detect and address minor problems that can easily go unnoticed, resulting in major problems down the road. During a roof inspection, the roof-covering material, as well as the roof flashing, should be checked for signs of damage or general wear. 

Missing or damaged roofing material or flashing should be replaced and sealed properly to stop roof leaks from causing extensive water damage to your commercial building.

Trim Overgrown Tree Branches

If you have tall trees growing too close to your commercial building, be sure to cut tree branches that are hanging over or touching the roof. 

Overhanging branches can fall on your roof and damage it during a storm, while touching branches can ruin your roof's protective coating, consequently exposing the substrate roofing material to the elements.

A commercial roof replacement can be a costly project, so you'll want to maximize the life of your existing commercial roofing system before getting it replaced. The best way to ensure your roof lasts as long as possible is to take proper care of it. Read more here or contact a local roofing company that can help you meet all of your commercial roof maintenance needs.