Your commercial roof is a major investment. It protects your employees and colleagues and all the equipment you need to run your business. If you’re a facility manager, the roof protects your tenants, their employees, and their equipment, which makes roof maintenance and management an even bigger responsibility. How can you keep your building’s roof in good shape and reduce repair costs? You can implement the following best practices:
Practice Preventive Maintenance
Preventive maintenance means checking your roof and other systems in your building to see how well they perform. By doing this type of maintenance, you can catch small problems and have them fixed before they turn into large ones. You should have your roof inspected twice a year. You can conduct your own roof inspection by going up to the roof and looking for signs of wear and tear. If you have a flat roof, you should look for ponding water as well as blisters or bubbles on the roof’s surface. If you’re performing metal roof maintenance, you should look for scuffing, scratching, leaking, and denting.
If you don’t feel comfortable inspecting your own roof, you can partner with a roof maintenance company that can offer you a commercial roofing maintenance program. This will include semi annual inspections and repairs.
Devise a Maintenance Plan
By creating a maintenance plan, you’ll be able to keep track of inspections and maintenance, as well as you roof’s current condition. Your maintenance plan should include regularly removing debris, making room in your budget for roof maintenance and repairs, and inspection scheduling. You should also research maintenance techniques for your building’s type of roof, because each type has its own maintenance needs. Concrete tile roof maintenance requires different steps than flat rubber roof maintenance.
Another aspect of your plan should be inspecting the roof after severe weather events, including thunderstorms and hail storms. Even if you don’t see any visible damage, such as ponding water or cracked tiles, the roof may have sustained structural damage. This could increase your roof’s chances of failure during the next storm.
Minimize Foot Traffic on the Roof
When you have your roof inspected and repaired, make sure the minimum number of people set foot on the roof. This may include you, a professional contractor, and other tradespeople who need to make repairs. You and they should only walk on the roof when absolutely necessary so no one causes more damage to the roof as they try to repair it.
Orange County Roof Maintenance
At C.I. Services, we provide roof maintenance solutions that give business owners and facility managers peace of mind. We document your roof’s condition and take pictures of the surface before we perform any services, so we can determine exactly what solutions your roof needs. As we inspect and repair your roof, we treat it with care. If you are interested in our commercial roof maintenance programs, or if you have any questions about our processes, contact us today.