All roofs are important to a building’s integrity, but commercial roofs are particularly integral to commercial buildings. HVAC units and other fixtures are often installed on flat roofs, so commercial roofs are slightly more susceptible to damage. You may also be liable for accidents caused by commercial roof damage.
That makes commercial roof maintenance all the more important. Generally speaking, this isn’t something you should do in-house. Hiring someone to inspect and maintain your roof lowers your risk of accidents, and leads to higher quality maintenance. With that said, here are 4 simple commercial roof maintenance tips:
Get regular roof inspections
Have a new roof? You’ll want to get it inspected annually. When your roof is about 10-15 years old, you’ll want it inspected twice a year.
You should also get your roof inspected after any major storm - especially after something like a hailstorm. Calgary is, after all, a hot spot for severe weather. That might mean we have to spend a bit more on roof inspections than other municipalities, but those inspections can save you a lot of money if they mean you detect damage early.
Get regular roof cleanings
Flat roofs are an excellent choice for most commercial enterprises, but they aren’t without their flaws. Dust, debris, leaves, and other nuisances can accumulate pretty quickly on flat surfaces. You’ll want to get your roof cleaned by a professional - you don’t want your team to be working in unsafe conditions. During this cleaning, eavestroughs, the drainage systems, and protrusions should also be cleaned.
Trim your trees
Trimming the trees around your building is a great way to reduce the risk of damage to your roof and limit how much cleaning needs to be done. There will be a lower chance of leaves clogging your drainage system, and a lower chance of branches falling onto your building.
The final tip is the one that’s easiest for you and your team to do yourselves: get to know your building. Take a quick 5 minutes every day to look around the building for anything that’s out of place - you might be able to notice damage with an on-the-ground DIY inspection. You should also do a quick check of your building’s interior at least once a week. Look for water damage, mould, or other signs of leaks.
With those 4 tips, you should be well-positioned to maintain the integrity of your commercial roof. We can help you by providing regular roof inspections - call our roofing contractors in Calgary. We can also provide you with repairs, protective coatings, and replacements - whatever you need to keep your building, your team, and your customers safe and comfortable.