If you own commercial property, one of the major expenses is upkeep. It is important to do the right improvements to prevent wear and damage in areas like the roof. Since commercial roofs are often flat and have mechanical systems on them, they are vulnerable to damage due to standing water, debris and maintenance traffic. The following roof maintenance improvements will help reduce the costs of upkeep and repairs on your commercial property:
1. Correcting Problems with Standing Water and Damage to Roofing
Commercial flat roofs need slight slopes towards drainage grates to remove water. Sometimes settling, poor design, and wear causes problems with standing water. The standing water causes wear and increases the possibility of leaks developing. One of the first improvements that you will want to do is correct problems with the watershed that cause standing water on the roof.
2. Reinforced Maintenance Paths to Prevent Damage from Foot Traffic
The biggest cause of damage to commercial roofs is foot traffic that comes from routine maintenance. To reduce potential tears in roofing materials and general wear, have roofing reinforced to create maintenance paths where the roof gets the most traffic. Another option to reduce wear is to install dedicated maintenance paths to keep foot traffic off the roofing materials to prevent wear and damage.
3. Protective Roof Coating to Protect Materials and Extend the Life of Roofing
One of the improvements that you may want to consider for older commercial roofing is having a roof coating installed. This is a protective coat of sealant that is sprayed on the roof. Roof coatings are great for older roof membranes and asphalt materials that have begun to wear and need constant repairs. A roof coating will extend the life of materials, prevent leaks and help save energy with lighter colored sealants that reflect heat.
4. Upgrading Roof Drainage Systems and Keeping the Roof Clean and Free of Debris
The drainage system on your roof is only one of the areas where problems can develop. These problems often start around old drain grates and standing water. Upgrade the drainage system to ensure that water drains off the roof, and make sure to keep the areas around roof drainage systems clean and free of debris.
These are some improvements that can be done to reduce the cost of maintenance of your commercial roof. If you need help with repairs and improvements to reduce maintenance costs, contact a commercial roofing contractor and talk to them about some of these solutions.Share
26 March 2019
I spent weeks researching metal and shingle roofing to try to figure out what would be the best material to use on my home. I weighed the costs, the length of life, the amount of maintenance required and how well each type would hold up to high winds and strong storms. After compiling all of the information that I needed to make an educated decision about the roofing for my home, I created a blog. This blog is meant to help other homeowners decide which roofing material would be best for their homes now and many years into the future.