Let’s talk the protection of your investment, whether it’s your commercial roof in Memphis or your commercial roof in Orlando. Say you recently had a brand new commercial roof installed on your building. What you’re probably thinking here is, “My roof is brand new. Why would I need a roofing contractor to look at it regularly so soon?” You could also be thinking, “Hey, I have a 20-year warranty. That should cover me.” While roofing maintenance plans may seem like a type of unnecessary “insurance”, where you pay but never use, longtime commercial property managers and owners know that it’s a bigtime money saver in the end.
Our Raleigh commercial roofing contractors are going to break it down for you a little more. Think about buying a brand new car. You get regularly-scheduled maintenance on that, right? Whether it’s oil changes, air filters, new tires, etc., it’s key in keeping up with your new vehicle to ensure it’s running to its full potential and helping to elongate its lifespan. The difference between vehicles and roofs is the average person doesn’t see their rooftop everyday like they see their vehicle. Out of sight, out of mind, you might say.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING ROUTINE MAINTENANCE?
Visual Inspection: An experienced service technician will walk your roof looking for visual signs of weakness, whether it be cracked penetration or a seam losing adhesion. Catching these small problems now can end up saving you tons in costly repairs down the road.
Drain and Gutter Cleaning: To help prevent unnecessary build-up or blockage, technicians can offer maid services to your drains and gutters, clearing out algae build-up, leaves, sticks, etc. Keeping your rooftop clear of debris is key because when water doesn’t have a clear path to exit your rooftop, standing water can not only reduce the longevity (leaks) and efficiency of your rooftop, but it can void you warranty.
Repairs: While a roofing technician is inspecting your rooftop, small repairs can be easily and quickly made. Say your rooftop suffered a hailstorm, or a sharp object hit your roof, damaged areas can be cut out, removed, dried out, and caulked or coated to ensure your rooftop remains watertight.
Written Report: Once the inspection and the maintenance repairs are complete, you’ll should receive all the details in a written report. You’ll see the work performed, the projected problem areas, and the areas of immediate concern.
HOW OFTEN IS ROOFTOP MAINTENANCE RECOMMENDED?
Typically, we recommend clients have their roofing system inspected twice a year — once in the fall, when the leaves have finished dropping (just before winter), and once in the spring after the seedlings have dropped. When spring’s rooftop ice thaws, your rooftop will be exposed once again. If you’re only doing one inspection a year, you’re giving a leak 364 days to develop. Prevention is key when we’re talking money-saving tactics. A long-neglected leak can travel across your property before falling below the roof deck, weakening your structure and leading to mold and mildew problems.
WHAT ARE MY NEXT STEPS IN PRESERVING MY ROOF?
Now, we all know that the most experienced property managers know that a roof should be inspected at least twice a year to keep the roof alive as long as possible and to maintain the warranty, but here to help those who may have “forgotten” too. A reputable commercial roofing company like CP Rankin has a fleet of service technicians, covering rooftops in more than 30 states, who handle routine roof maintenance calls all year long. Service teams will thoroughly inspect your roof and take proactive measures to help you maintain roof longevity. Call today, 855-ROOF-322, for more information and let’s preserve your roofing system today!