Your commercial roof is one of the biggest investments you can make in your business. As we move into the season when preventative maintenance is most advantageous, here are a few tips to help keep a healthy roof for years to come:
1. Inspect your roof routinely in the late fall and early spring. Check the flashings around chimneys, vents, skylights, HVAC equipment and other roof penetrations. Is everything sealed and in good condition? Look for any signs of leakage, rot or visible wear. On shingle roofs, look for curling, fraying and tears at the edges. Replace loose shingles, or shakes, or, if you have tiles, look for missing, displaced or cracked pieces.
2. Keep gutters, drains and downspouts clean and free of leaves, sticks and other debris.
3. Keep trees trimmed away from building.
4. Stay off the roof! Walking on its surface can do a great deal of damage. If you must see the roof for yourself, use a firmly braced ladder equipped with rubber safety feet and wear rubber-soled shoes. Stay on the ladder as much as possible.
Otherwise, hire a reputable roof contractor to assess your roof and use proper equipment.
Speaking of hiring a roof contractor…here is a productive formula to support your decision making:
Try the 60/30/10 rule!
60% of your decision on who to hire should be based on a company’s workmanship skills, experience with projects like yours, reputable work history and reference checks. 30% of your decision should be based on the contractor’s ability/experience to keep the project moving forward, communication skills, cooperation and service promise. 10% of your decision should be based on the actual cost of the project.
Practice this and everybody wins!