With spring just around the corner, warming temperatures provide the perfect opportunity to conduct a quarterly roof check. In fact, quarterly commercial roof checks and maintenance save time and money when it comes to preventing leaks and extending the roof’s lifespan.
Remember that a well-maintained roof can also guarantee the full warranty for the roof itself, so don’t hesitate to call a professional roofing contractor to check the roof check off the list!
Roof Check and Maintenance in Spring
As soon as spring hits, doing a thorough visual inspection for loose or water-damaged materials would be a good idea. Be sure to check all of the following on commercial roofing:
- Gutters and downspouts for loose and leaking parts and debris
- Drainage areas for water pooling around the foundation
- Cracked seams
- Rusty metal
- All areas for mold and/or mildew
- Small holes
If you find any of the following issues mentioned above, don’t hesitate to have them repaired as soon as possible. If not, it won’t be long before the next rainstorm makes it worse.
Roof Inspections During Summer
Just as with spring, there are a number of threats to a commercial roof, including water damage, summer heat, mold, and other natural debris. When working with a commercial roofer, they will inspect and take note of all of the following:
- Nearby trees leaning down or over the roof. Too much weight on the roof can increase the risks for leaks and overall wear and tear on the roofing materials. If needed, they will recommend to have the branches cut back before winter.
- Leaves, sticks, dirt, and other debris in downspouts and gutters. Any amount of debris will create blockages within these areas, causing water to spill over and sink into the foundation. The building is then prone to basement flooding during rainstorms.
- Summer heat on flat roofing. The sun can have a big impact on roofing materials, as there is often no shade during extreme summer temperatures. This can cause warping and bending on any metal, PVC, and TPO materials.
At any time damage is found as a result of these factors, they must be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Making the investment now will surely save both time and money in the long run!
Quarterly Roof Check in Fall
As summer activities start winding down, take the extra time to have that quarterly fall roof check. While you don’t have to worry about summer heat or heaping amounts of snow yet, blocked gutters are the biggest culprit for water damage in the fall.
Especially during this season when hundreds of leaves are falling by the hour, keeping gutters and downspouts free of debris is the most important maintenance step. In addition to the quarterly check, consider checking them yourself at least once each week, depending on the number of trees leaning over the commercial building.
Winter Roof Maintenance and Inspections
Winter can seem like the worst season for commercial flat roofs. With ice, snow, and sleet weighing down on the building, it’s prone to significant damage.
If anything, skipping out on this seasonal roof check is a bad idea. Especially when the temperatures hover in the low 30’s, just around freezing, ice dams are prone to form around the sides of the building. This happens when heat escaping the building melts the snow, but the cold weather freezes it again, causing it to build up on the roof.
To prevent ice dams, make sure that the area between the commercial building ceiling and roof is properly insulated so the warm air can’t escape. Taking steps to do this before the first winter storm will make a significant difference when preventing leaks and maintaining your roof’s condition.
Commercial Roofing Services
While conducting quarterly roof checks is important to identify potential areas for leaks, making sure the roof is properly maintained is as important as ever. In addition to conducting visual checks, consider working with a professional roofing contractor to have each area inspected thoroughly to ensure there won’t be any problems in the future.
When searching for a professional company, Reliable Roofing offers a Roof Maintenance Program in which frequent inspections and repairs are done to make sure the roof stays in good condition. The technicians will also record and document all repairs, maintenance, and inspections, providing you with a copy. Finally, they will guarantee that you can get the full use out of your roofing warranty by providing proper maintenance. For more information about their Maintenance Program, give them a call at (815) 981-9801. They can also provide free estimates!