The roof that covers your commercial building is as protected as it gets. It’s important to maintain it well and fix any problems as soon as possible.
Controlling the outside factors that influence your commercial roof can make it last longer. Below are four common factors that can affect the longevity of a commercial roofing system:
- The weather
Every weather condition can have an impact on a roof. Extreme cold or relentless sunlight can cause a commercial roof to crack and shrink. Rain and snow can also infiltrate roof cracks, causing mold and rot. High winds can often rip roof tiles and entire sections off buildings.
Weather conditions can affect more than the roof. Many commercial buildings have important equipment stored on their roofs. These include HVAC systems and cables. Cables and piping can become damaged quickly if water pools on the roof or snow builds up. Investing in roof pipe support systems and cable tray supports can help.
It is possible for a roof to fail to last if it is not professionally designed and constructed. You can prevent this by being involved in the design process, and personally inspecting the roof’s materials. These are just a few of the things you should be concerned about if you hire a skilled roofing contractor.
- Rooftop equipment
You may discover that HVAC, piping, and solar panels, as well as generators, are stored on commercial roofs. This can cause roof damage. It’s possible for membranes to become torn or insulation crushed by the weight of the roof. This can lead to depressions where water can accumulate and pool. This can lead to a roof leaking, rotting, or even falling apart completely.
You can prevent this by using platforms to store your equipment and support structures to ensure that your roof lasts longer.
If you ignore any problems with your commercial roof or fail to have it professionally inspected on a regular basis, any existing problems could quickly become worse. To ensure their commercial roof is in top shape, some business owners create a maintenance plan. This will allow them to continue to do their job for longer periods of time.
By having regular inspections by a professional roofer and swift repairs of any damage, your commercial roof can live a long and healthy life.
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Clearwater Roofing Contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.