A roof is one of the most important things to take care of on a building. A good roof keeps your building and the people in it safe and comfortable. If you own a commercial building, a large roof repair or replacement can cause a huge headache for you. That’s why it’s important to do regular inspections and maintenance. Small maintenance repairs every once in a while can save you lots of money in the long run. A well maintained roof can also save you money on insurance rates. So if you are new to owning a commercial building or just need a fresh reminder, read these tips on commercial roof maintenance.
The Leaves Need To Leave
Autumn leaves look beautiful when they are falling but those colorful leaves can cause a lot of damage to your commercial roof. Once those leaves get wet and soggy, they can clog drains or get moldy. If the drain is clogged, water won’t drain properly and will sit on the roof. Water on your roof can get heavy fast which could lead to leaks or serious damage to the roof. Tree branches will also need to be removed regularly. If there is a big storm in your area, go up to the roof and remove any debris that has landed on your roof. Call a professional if you can’t do it yourself, and have them do an inspection too!
Regular inspections should be done by a professional. A professional can make sure the drains and gutters are in working order. They can also notice the small things like a loose bolt. A professional can see early problems that may arise. They will also look for wood damage from insects. For more information on roofing eating critters, check out our other blog post! An inspector should come every 6 months but don’t be afraid to call if you think there may be a problem.
Signs You Need A New Commercial Roof
Roofing maintenance can save you from needing to get a new roof. However, if maintenance is not kept up with or if outside forces cause too much damage, you may need a new roof. If your roof has a pond of water sitting on it then you may need to replace the roof. An inch of water can be VERY heavy and can make the roof weak and reduce flexibility. If the water on the roof never drains, there may be a clog or the roof was not installed correctly. Another sign that you will need a new roof is blistering. Roof blistering looks like an actual blister on your roof. If you see small mounds across your roof, it’s time to replace. Another thing to look for is if your roof looks like reptile skin. This is called alligatoring and can get worse if not treated. If the roof is sagging you need it replaced immediately. This is a safety hazard that can cause your roof to cave in. The last thing you will want to keep in mind is the age of the roof. Commercial roofs last about 20-25 years.
The Commercial Roofing Experts
Home Re-Nu is a fully licensed and insured commercial roofing contractor that can legally work in Illinois. Don’t leave a very expensive project in the hands of a sketchy contractor. The Illinois Department of Professional Regulation can stop your project if your contractor is only allowed to do residential roofing. Get a commercial roofing contractor that is trusted by so many in Southern Illinois. Home Re-Nu is also a HAAG Certified Inspector so you can make sure your commercial roof is getting inspected the best way possible. Check out our commercial services and then get in touch with us!