Having routine maintenance done helps ensure your commercial roof continues to stay in good condition for years. This kind of maintenance plan should include certain elements in order to be successful. Keep the following commercial roof maintenance program and checklist information in mind as you set up a maintenance plan.
1. Stellar Roofing Partner
Commercial roofs are designed to last for a number of years, but severe weather in the Tri-State area can cause damage. Normal wear and tear can also lead to damage which shortens your roof’s lifespan. Routine maintenance helps ensure your roof reaches its lifespan with a much lower risk of needing major repairs.
Although you can keep an eye on your roof for signs of trouble, this gives you one more task to add to your to-do list. Since you’re already busy managing your commercial property, having a roofing partner handle maintenance is a smart move. In fact, having a reliable roofing partner is one of the most important parts of roof maintenance.
A roofing partner can handle the task of inspecting your roof and making any repairs as needed. This means you don’t have to worry about keeping track of everything and making sure nothing is missed. Your roofing partner should have a checklist on hand, which should be completed during each maintenance visit.
2. General Knowledge About Roof Care
As part of your routine commercial maintenance program, you should keep track of who goes on your roof. This includes anyone from your building, such as building maintenance workers, visitors, HVAC professionals, as well as professional roofers. They should also note which areas of your roof they were on and why they were up there.
It’s helpful to put together a toolkit with certain items needed for your roof maintenance team (roofers will have their own). These items include a checklist and pen or pencil for taking notes, a flashlight for dark areas, and a tape measure. Other items to have on hand include a copy of roof plans, aerial photos of your roof, and a camera for taking pictures of different parts of your roof.
Commercial roof maintenance should also include checking the area around or below your building’s HVAC equipment. These areas might have damage from HVAC installation or other HVAC work, which could go unnoticed for a long period of time. Making sure these areas are included in your maintenance plan helps ensure any damage is found and repaired.
3. Know Your Building
Both you and your roofer should know your roof well in order to find signs of damage or any potential problems. As your roof is inspected, note the state they’re in, such as good, fair, or bad. Good items don’t require any action, fair items should be monitored in case action is needed, and bad items require immediate action.
What kind of action is needed and where these items are located should also be noted. Taking pictures of problem areas or damage is helpful for your reference. You can keep these pictures on file as part of your roof’s maintenance records.
When your roofer is checking your roof, they will look for any visible signs of damage or debris, such as:
- Moss or fungal growth
- Wear and tear affecting flashings, chimney, vents, fascia, drip edges and decking, such as signs of rust, corrosion, missing components or rot.
- Leaks around chimneys, skylights, and vents, since these can cause water damage to the sheathing, underlayment, and joists
They will also check for signs of leaks inside your building from roof problems. You can note where you’re seeing signs of interior leaks, such as water stains on ceilings, and take pictures of them. Have your professional roofer inspect interior leaks, and repair them as soon as possible.
Your commercial roof maintenance plan should include an action plan in case any repairs or other work is needed. You might find evidence of damage after doing a casual inspection on your own, such as damage after a severe storm. It’s important to know what steps you’ll take in these situations so your roof won’t be at risk of suffering more severe damage.
Your own building maintenance crew might be able to handle minor problems with your roof. For example, your crew can clean out blocked gutters to prevent leaks from developing. However, you should have professional roofers handle most issues with your roof.
Professional roof repair helps ensure your roof is properly fixed as needed. Whether your roof has a leak or missing parts, such as a few shingles, professional roofers can get these repairs done promptly to lower the risk of major damage.
If you’re ready to set up a commercial roof maintenance program in the Tri-State area, please contact Vanguard Roofing.