If you own a business with a physical brick-and-mortar location, the condition of your building is critical to the success of your business.
It requires attention and regular maintenance just like your other business operations.
One of the parts which is of the utmost importance is the roof.
The roof is exposed to the elements daily and protects other key investments inside your building. Without it working properly, you could be facing some major problems.
As the old saying goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Here’s a closer look at what could go wrong, why roof maintenance is so important and what you can do to prevent big problems this summer.
What Could Go Wrong?
Well, the most obvious problem that can occur is leaks caused by damage to the roof itself.
Many leaks start off very small but quickly become far worse if not dealt with. Not only can they spread, but in some cases, they can cause structural failures in sections of the roof itself.
Often, if this happens, the whole roof will need to be replaced which can be a huge cost. You may have already noticed damp spots or watermarks on the ceiling inside your premises. This is a sure sign that leaks have begun.
There are other perennial issues as well such as parts of the roof blowing off, ponding water, debris build up, and punctures.
These will quickly lead to bigger problems if not repaired promptly.
Why is Roof Maintenance so Important?
There are a number of reasons why roof maintenance is so important for businesses. Here is a closer look at just a few of them.
Your roof helps to protect one of your biggest investments
While often neglected and taken for granted, the roof is enabling your business to run. If it begins to falter, it will disrupt your regular business.
Too often, the roof isn’t cared for until something goes wrong which results in damages to business operations and the budget because of the cost of repairs.
Commercial roofs are exposed to the elements every minute of every day
There is no way to shield or protect your roof from the elements. That is its prime responsibility –shielding your buildings contents.
You can install the best possible commercial roof that money can buy but due to wind, rain, hail, and even sun, that roof will deteriorate over time; especially if not maintained properly.
Compounding this gradual deterioration is that it usually wears unevenly, affecting some areas more than others.
Regular inspections by our experienced roofers quickly identify problem areas and allow you to repair them before they expand to other parts of the roof.
This adds to the lifespan of the roof itself.
Regular checks may save a roof replacement in the near future
Roof repairs cost money, but they are far cheaper than replacing the whole thing.
For that reason alone, roof inspections should be carried out at least every year and all needed maintenance should be done as soon as possible.
This helps to identify trouble areas and fix them before they can spread further.
Evaluate the Condition of Your Roof
When evaluating the condition of your roof, the first thing to look for, and often the easiest thing to spot, are leaks.
Look at the walls and ceilings inside your premises. Here, you are looking for watermarks and damp spots, either running down the wall or in the ceiling itself.
Note, if you have drop ceilings, you will need to remove a few tiles to view the ceiling above.
Take note of the areas you find as this can help locate the leak on the roof itself, although they might not always correspond to the same area due to the slope of the roof and other internal structures that the eye cannot see.
Now examine the roof itself. Here visual clues for problems are different depending on the material used to construct the roof.
For example, an asphalt based roof will show signs of cracking and wear, while a membrane based roof will be torn, lifted or worn down.
Don’t forget to check drains. Clogged drains lead to pooling water which is also a problem. Remember to also check skylights, vents and other fixtures on the roof for signs of wear or compromised surfaces.
Protect Your Investment
As you can see, the roof of your commercial business does a very important job, not only for the building structure but for your assets inside. By making sure it is in the best condition possible, it will last for years to come without issue.
Our professionals are experienced with helping businesses keep their roofs in tip top shape.
Get in touch with us today should you have roof repairs that need to be completed, or to have our professionals perform an inspection. Especially after the sweltering summer season, we will ensure that any damage is identified and repaired to keep your business prepared for the coming year.