If you have maintenance staff who take care of upkeep and repairs around your commercial building, it may be tempting to have them handle roof repairs as well. The roof is a unique and complex system, with many interdependent components, however, and it takes training and experience to identify damage and make repairs. Roof repairs that aren’t performed properly can have costly consequences, like making leaks worse, causing new damage, or voiding your manufacturer’s warranty. While it’s generally safe to have your staff tackle basic roof maintenance, it’s wise to hire an experienced contractor when commercial roof repair is necessary.
Repairs an Experienced Professional Should Handle
A reputable commercial roofing contractor has the know-how, tools, and equipment to assess the condition of your roof and make sound repairs to the following three areas:
- Roof cover or membrane. An experienced roofer knows the correct method of repairing punctures, seam separations, tears or cracks in your specific type of cover material to stop moisture from entering the roof system and ruining the insulation and decking.
- Drainage system. A pro knows how to pinpoint design flaws or blockages in the internal drains and scuppers that are causing water backups on your roof. If drainage system problems aren’t solved, ponding water can lead to deterioration of the membrane, structural decay and water intrusions.
- Flashing and seals. It takes expertise to identify deficiencies in the flashing that’s in place to seal the roof perimeter and parapets, or breaks in the seals around penetrations through the roof cover such as vents, HVAC equipment, pipes or skylights. A qualified roofer can find and fix any leak sources to keep the roof system watertight and prevent damage to the underlying structure or your building’s interior.
General Maintenance Tasks Your Staff can Tackle
Having your staff take care of the following maintenance tasks on a regular basis can help protect your roof from related damage and reduce the need for some repairs.
- Checking that water is flowing freely from the drains and downspouts during heavy rains.
- Cleaning up any standing water that doesn’t drain away after a rain.
- Trimming back tree limbs and branches that overhang the roof.
- Making periodic checks for loose or missing perimeter flashing.
- Inspecting the building interior for ceiling/wall stains, musty odors, mold growth and other signs of water infiltration.
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