The roof on your commercial property endures a year-round onslaught of extreme weather ranging from blistering sunshine and high humidity to hurricane-force winds and torrential rains. Establishing a proactive strategy for roofing repairs throughout the coming year can help you get the full value from your roofing asset, and provide better protection for your building and its contents.
How to Develop an Effective 2018 Roof Repair Strategy
The first step in developing a roof repair strategy is scheduling semi-annual roof inspections by a well-established commercial roofer with expertise installing/maintaining/repairing your particular kind of roof system. After each inspection, you should receive a report listing issues that need attention, along with a timeline and cost estimate to help you plan and budget for necessary repairs.
Although your roof’s condition will determine the specific repairs required, as a general guideline, a proactive repair strategy should cover these four key areas:
An intact membrane is what keeps water from destroying your roof insulation, rotting/corroding the roof’s structural components or getting inside the building and causing costly harm to interior finishes and contents. A skilled commercial roofer knows the best materials and techniques to make sound repairs for membrane flaws like cracking, seam separations, bubbling, punctures and tears, in order to halt and prevent future leaks.
Your roof membrane is kept in place with flashing around the perimeter and transitional areas on the rooftop. Bent, corroded or missing sections of flashing can quickly lead to billowing and tearing of the membrane in windy conditions, so any such deficiencies must be dealt with promptly.
Drainage System Defects
If your building has a low-slope roof, free-flowing internal drains, scuppers and downspouts are essential to allow rainwater to drain away quickly. Issues like debris clogs, insufficient roof slope and undersized drains can create pools of water that compress the roof and cause membrane deterioration and leaks. These issues need to be investigated and repaired quickly by a knowledgeable commercial roofer.
Penetration Seal Deficiencies
A commercial roof can have numerous penetrations for vents, pipes, skylights, HVAC components and other equipment that rely on intact seals to keep them watertight. Addressing deficiencies in the seals around pitch pans, pipe boots, rain collars and/or field wraps is vital to prevent water intrusions and costly damage to your building.
For expert help planning a 2018 strategy for roofing repairs to your North Port commercial property, contact us at Mark Kaufman Roofing.Read: Top Home Maintenance Priorities