Commercial Roof Maintenance Tips When Reopening for Business
Many facility managers are getting back on a roof maintenance schedule after having recently been closed or open with skeleton crews.
Even with so much these days being described as “the new normal”, some things haven’t changed a bit. For instance, proactive roof maintenance still offers many benefits.
Top Recommendations for Safe, Proactive Roof Maintenance
If you’re looking for ways to extend the watertight life of your commercial roof:
- Inspect from the inside-out. First look for evidence of roof leaks from the inside of your building. Stained ceiling tiles and puddled water are obvious signs of water intrusion potentially from roof leaks. Check for, and mitigate, these leaks ASAP through the help of an experienced roofing technician.
- Look for the most common anomalies first. Perform a walk-around on your flat roof surface and check penetrations and seams for signs of apparent damage. These areas are your most likely sources of water intrusion. They should get careful examination especially following lengthy periods between inspections.
- Remove debris. It’s likely you have an accumulation of sticks, branches, leaves and other debris on the roof in need of removal, especially if it’s been a few months since you’ve been on the roof. Pay particular attention to gutters and downspouts that need unclogged to assure rainwater freely moves and drains off the roof.
- Schedule a professional inspection. We recommend a professional inspection by a qualified roofer twice per year, typically in the spring and fall. Many building owners and facility managers tabled their spring inspections because of closures, but those are now in need of being rescheduled. Consistently assessing the condition of your roofing assets and acting quickly on recommended fixes are among the most effective ways of getting the most watertight life out of your commercial roof.
Simon Roofing Stands Ready to Help
As an essential business, we never stopped responding to roof repair issues around the country. In some cases, we even acted as the eyes and ears on the ground – or on the roof in our case – for facility managers who worked remotely or were unable to access roofs in a timely manner.
We also had the opportunity to rewrite safety protocols for our teams to adhere to CDC guidance for keeping our employees and customers safe. Many of these precautions will become the new normal in best practices and have real staying power in our industry.