Owning a commercial property is a big responsibility. There are a lot of moving parts and you need to be on top of all of them. So, when you make investments, you want them to be worth it. One of the biggest investments for a commercial property owner is the roof. When installed and maintained properly, a commercial roof can last 10 to 40 years. If a roof is not performing properly, it can cause leaks and damages to the building.
Here are 5 ways to maximize the life of your commercial roof:
Regular professional roofing inspections will be the easiest way to spot any issues early on, so you can repair them before they become lasting issues. Facility managers should also be performing regular self-inspections for roof damage, especially if you have any hard-hitting weather conditions. A best practice is to check your roof at least twice a year.
To conduct self-inspections, you can take a walk around the roof, taking note of any potential issues and bringing in the professionals if you have cause for concern.
One of the best things a business owner can do for the roof (and their property as a whole) is implement a maintenance plan. Even the best roof can only survive so long without proper maintenance. Don’t cut down its life expectancy. Speak to your professional installation professional as well as your building managers to create a detailed plan to address and conduct minor repairs and roof part replacements.
Even the best laid plans can go awry. When it comes to roofs, planning for emergencies is a critical step for commercial property owners. Storms, falling trees, heavy rain, and other emergencies can all require major repair work. Preparing for weather issues and creating an emergency plan can help keep the roof’s life expectancy intact.
Common roof materials include shingles (asphalt, slate, tile, and ceramic), wood shakes, metal roofing, solar shingles, and built-up roof.
When selecting the type of material for your commercial roof, it’s important to consider the weight of equipment that resides there. Some commercial property owners may have other uses beyond just protecting the property for their roofs. Some opt to add a rooftop garden, recreational space, meeting area, solar panels, etc.
When you want to upgrade or replace a commercial roof, it’s best to work directly with a professional roofing company. Learning the best materials, application, and financial options will ensure you get the most out of your investment.
Do you need help with your commercial roof? We are here to help. Contact us today or call us at 833-409-7663.