Roof maintenance is a crucial process that should not be overlooked. The roof of a building plays an important role in shielding the occupants and assets inside from adverse weather elements thereby maintaining the indoor conditions comfortable. In a business environment, regular inspections and proper roof maintenance will ensure that the roof is efficiently functioning without adversely affecting your profits. The following are some of the essential tips that will help you in protecting and maintaining your commercial roofing.
Checking your roof after extreme weather
Extreme weather conditions are the leading causes of surface damage. These damages are caused by environmental hazards or weathering and are visible after a high wind, snowfall or heavy rain. Some of the visual signs associated with this damage include bubbled materials and standing water, all of which signify trouble. The roof should be inspected to determine if it has missing sections or loose parts.
Scheduling regular inspections
Carrying out biannual inspections is the best way of ensuring that your roofing is operating in optimum condition. Conducting a professional examination is highly recommendable, although some building owners prefer checking for damage on their own and then consulting their contractors afterwards for further diagnosis. These inspections should be scheduled after the harsh seasons or early in spring.
Removing or elevating nearby trees
Overhanging trees and their branches pose several hazards. The branches might fall leading to puncturing or scratching of the roof. Additionally, trees are known for dropping sap, pine cones and other debris leading to clogging of the gutter system.
Keeping the gutter stems clear and clean
The role of the gutter system is carrying water away from a building. Well maintained gutter will ensure that water is flowing smoothly without accumulating in some sections. Clogging of the gutter system can prevent proper drainage leading to accumulation of moisture or rainwater in certain areas. Accumulation of moisture on the roof can also led to the growth of moulds. Cleaning of this system should be done twice per year. However, frequent cleaning might be necessary when there are high winds and storms.
Being alert to signs associated with water damage
Some of the neglected repairs will be manifested inside the building. For instance, water leakage can lead to staining of the ceiling tiles and discolouration of the walls. These signs can also indicate damaged or deteriorated decking material. Other noticeable signs which indicate or signify extensive damage include cracks and bulging of the roof.