The Importance of Commercial Roof Maintenance

Excess Water Ponding on a Flat Roof.

Commercial roof repair

Although roofs are fairly simple parts of any commercial building, making sure they are well-maintained and in good repair is a key to maintaining the building’s overall integrity. Some common roof maintenance issues that require repair appear regularly for almost every type of commercial roof.  

  • Accumulation of excess standing water: Known as ponding, flat roofs especially are prone to collecting pools of excess water that do not drain off. Over time these pools can cause leaks, weaken support beams and other structures, and cause mold growth.
  • Bubbles and blisters on the roof cover: Too much heat can cause the roofing material to bubble or blister. These bubbles leave the roof susceptible to leaks and wind damage.
  • Gaps in flashing: The metal strips that protect vents, walls and other areas may develop gaps that leave the roof vulnerable to leaks and damage from severe weather.

Preventative maintenance, including regular inspections, is essential to keep problems like these from cropping up frequently. If you have a regular roof maintenance plan in place, you’ll extend the life of your roof, and save your business money in repair and replacement costs.

If you are interested in developing roof maintenance plans in the Lubbock, TX area, give the professionals at Roofs Inc. a call at 806-771-9780. We can get you started on an affordable plan today.

Roof maintenance checklist

When you have a roof maintenance plan in place for your commercial building, you’ll run through a basic checklist of procedures that include the following:

  • Checking for visible damage, ponding, algae and other growths
  • Checking for debris and dirt
  • Checking for color fading and chalking and discoloration at lap joints
  • Checking condition of chimneys, vents, skylights, fascia, drip edges, and decking
  • Inspecting rafters, trusses, and other components for mold, mildew, and rot.
  • Inspecting the expansion joints for excessive movement
  • Inspecting interior walls and ceiling for moisture or water damage
  • Inspecting exterior walls for leaks.
  • Checking for signs of deterioration along roof edges
  • Evaluating the substrate
  • Cleaning and clearing gutters and drainage
  • Checking condition of roof-mounted HVAC
  • Repairing any punctures, tears, or abrasions

Should I get a roof inspection?

The short answer is, “Yes, you should get a roof inspection.” As valuable as your roof is to your building’s integrity, you should have the roof inspected at least once per year. A regular inspection will help you find problem areas so they can be addressed before they worsen. Inspections can save you money in maintenance and repairs.

How often should I check my roof?

Along with a yearly professional inspection, your facilities maintenance team should check the roof at least twice per year. This self-check further reduces the chance that major issues like ponding or damage are overlooked. Such checks should be part of your regular roof maintenance plan.

How much does roof maintenance cost

Maintenance costs will vary, depending on the type of roof you have, and the type of maintenance plan you have in place. If your maintenance plan is reactive, that is, you tend to the roof only when problems arise, you’ll pay more than you will with a proactive plan in place. On average, according to one study, with a reactive plan in place business owners paid about 25 cents per square foot, whereas with a proactive maintenance plan in place, the owners only paid 14 cents per square foot.

We develop roof maintenance plans that are highly proactive. Our plans are intended to save you money. We tailor each plan to our client’s needs. Give us a call at 806-771-9780 and we can help you establish a plan that’s perfect for your business.

Metal Roof Being Cleaned With Power Washer.

Metal roof maintenance

One advantage of metal roofs is their low maintenance needs. While metal roofs are low maintenance, they do need regular upkeep for optimal performance. You’ll want to check your metal roof for any damages like scratches or abrasions, and repair the damages promptly. You also want to make sure your metal roof is free of dirt, grease, and debris. The roof should be cleaned regularly. You also want to remove metal chips, shavings or random particles to avoid rust stains. Tree branches should be clear of the roof by about six feet to keep debris away and avoid scratches. One way to protect your metal roof is with a metal roof coating, which also improves the roof’s ability to reflect the sun’s rays.

Fall roof maintenance

Both fall and spring are ideal times for roof maintenance, to prepare the roof for harsher seasons. Fall is especially ideal time for cleaning and clearing gutters, particularly if your landscaping features a lot of trees. 

DIY roof maintenance

In some cases, roof maintenance is ideal as a DIY project. Simple repairs like patching punctures can be made by facilities maintenance. Keeping the roof clear of debris is also a good DIY project that helps maintain the roof. Using a power washer, you can clean the roof and remove mold and mildew.

Roof maintenance services

Anytime you want roof maintenance services in Lubbock, TX, make sure to get in touch with the team at Roofs Inc.. Call us at 806-771-9780 and we can get you on the road to a regular maintenance plan.