Commercial Roof Maintenance Guide

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If you’re not taking the time to maintain your commercial roof, chances are it will cost you down the line. Unchecked roofing issues can lead to unplanned downtime and shutdowns, costly repairs, and upset customers. Rather than being reactive, be proactive by following this general commercial roof maintenance guide.

Perform Inspections Twice a Year

One of the best ways to maintain a commercial roof is to ensure it’s professionally inspected twice a year. Ideally, you should schedule inspections in the late summer or early fall and then again in the spring. Professional inspections will help identify minor issues before they become large, expensive ones. Some of these issues include:

  • Leaks
  • Cracks
  • Weak Spots in the Roof
  • Sagging
  • Flashing Issues

Clear Snow During Winter

Snow removal should always be a part of your annual commercial roofing maintenance program. Snow can present several problems for a commercial roof. First, there’s the excess weight it can place on a roof, which may cause the roof to sag or weaken over time. Uncleared snow can also lead to leaks and ice dams. 

If you work with a landscaping company, ask them to stop by your property once a week during the winter to check the roof and remove any snow or ice buildup. 

Install Roof Covers

If water sits on a roof’s surface for an extended period, it’s likely to result in premature wear to the surface and membrane and cause mold and mildew growth. Installing roof coverings can prevent weathering and other issues caused by standing water. Additionally, most roof covers are heavy-duty, so you don’t have to worry about the wind blowing them away. Have a professional roofing company install your cover, as any roofing work can be dangerous. 

Clean Drainage Systems

Gutters and downspouts are integral parts of your roofing system that should also be included in your commercial roofing maintenance plan. 

Gutters and downspouts ensure proper roof drainage, which is important for a few reasons:

  1. They remove water from the roof’s surface.
  2. They prevent premature wear, damage, or weathering.
  3. They prevent ice dam formation during the cold winter months.

Your gutters and downspouts should ideally be cleaned out at least once a month and inspected for damage at least twice a year. If you have trees on your property, the frequency you need to clean your gutters will increase in autumn once the leaves begin to fall. 

When you experience substantial rainfall, check to ensure that the downspouts are discharging water at the level they should be, and watch for any water flowing over any of the horizontal-running gutters. It’s also important to ensure the gutters and downspouts are still anchored properly after inclement weather or high winds.

Maintain Roof Equipment

Roof of a commercial building

Lastly, chances are your roof is home to a bevy of mounted equipment, like HVAC units or solar panels. In addition to maintaining that roof equipment, you should also ensure that the installed equipment isn’t impacting the roof’s condition.

Here’s what you should be looking out for when it comes to roof equipment:

  • Rust
  • Curb Leaks
  • Loose or Unsecure Equipment & Cables
  • Loose Flashing Near Equipment or Curb
  • Debris Buildup 

Generally, if any service or repairs are performed on the roof, equipment should also be inspected to ensure it is still correctly installed and in good working condition.

Why You Should Let a Professional Handle Your Roof Maintenance

A commercial roof is a major investment that requires a significant amount of time and energy. As a business owner, you shouldn’t have to spend your own time or your employees’ time inspecting your roof for repair issues. Not only is this an inefficient use of your time, but it can also be difficult for an inexperienced individual to spot the signs of commercial roof damage.

A key part of roof maintenance is preventative strategies. These only work if you contact a professional before your roof becomes cracked, compromised or worn out. A professional building in Michigan is exposed to all types of weather conditions, so preventative maintenance can halt the effects of high winds, heavy snow and serious rainstorms.

Common Signs of Commercial Roof Damage

In addition to everything we’ve covered on this list, you should also be on the lookout for some tell-tale signs of commercial roof damage. Again, catching and addressing roofing issues before they become too significant can save your business time and money.

Common signs of roof damage include:

  • Water Stains
  • Mold & Mildew Growth
  • Pooling Water
  • Blisters & Cracks
  • Holes
  • Flashing Issues

While you may be able to identify these signs of roof damage, a professional roofing company can confirm them during an inspection.

Keep Up With Commercial Roof Maintenance With Help From Summit Commercial Roofing

Contact Summit Commercial Roofing today for more information on how to properly maintain a commercial roof. Founded over 50 years ago, we’re trusted commercial roofing experts in Southeast Michigan and specialize in commercial roof maintenance/inspections, repairs, and replacements for PVC, metal, and EPDM systems. 

Contact us today to learn more about maintenance services or to schedule a free roof inspection.

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