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Being responsible for the upkeep of a
commercial building is no walk in the park. There are sure to be issues
cropping up left and right, all vying for your attention and taking up your
time. Having been in the biz for many years, when it comes to buildings, I will
say that Ben Franklin sure was right when he said that, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Every building owner wants to make sure that his
building stays in top shape for as long as possible, so that it can continue to
bring in a decent income for many more years. One aspect that a building owner
needs to pay particular attention to is the roof – and the most cost-effective
way to take care of your roof is to observe proper preventive maintenance
measures to maximize performance and lengthen its lifespan. In this post, let
me share with you some primary maintenance activities that should be included
in your property management planning.

Importance
of Preventive Maintenance

A preventive commercial roofing maintenance plan is an investment for the future.
While it may require spending a little bit today, it can help you save a great
amount of time and money in the years to come. Roofing repair and replacement
can be expensive, especially when the problems are serious and expansive, and
the only way to dodge them is by performing routine preventive maintenance
right now.

Preventive
Maintenance Measures to Consider

The following are the activities that you should
include in your property management planning to ensure that your roof reaches
or, with any luck, manages to exceed its average service life.
Inspections
For roofs in commercial installations, a thorough
inspection at least twice a year is in order: once in the spring and once in
the fall. During inspection, your trusted local roofing contractor should:

  • Check drains,
    gutters, and downspouts to see if they are free of any blockage that can hinder
    proper water drainage. This is important, as a clogged gutter system can cause
    water to pool on the roof. Pooling water can lead to serious damage over time. Also,
    inspect flashings and other possibly weak spots on the roof for any tears or
    gaps through which water can seep in.
  • Evaluate the
    condition of your vents and any equipment installed on your roof to make sure
    they’re well-sealed.
  • Look for any
    signs of roof damage.
  • Recommend
    solutions for any problem/s detected.
Note that different roof types typically show
different signs of damage. This is the reason why you must ask for the
assistance and services of a qualified roofer who has adequate knowledge and
experience working with different types of roofing systems.

Basic and
Minor Repairs

Having your roof inspected regularly will help you
to catch problems early. Depending on the recommendations of your roofer, some
of the problems may require immediate repair. If this is the case, don’t delay,
no matter how small the issue may seem. Remember that a smaller problem is
easier and cheaper to mend than a big one.
Earlier, I briefly mentioned that different roofs
have different issues, and that the telltale signs are often varied. That’s why
it is best to let a professional perform any repairs: Professional roofers will
have the right equipment, knowledge, and training in resolving various roof
problems and fixing any damage.

Application of
Reflective Coatings

Reflective coatings can help prevent and combat the
elements. Most high-quality roof coatings are UV-resistant and are designed to
withstand even the harshest environmental conditions. Your contractor can help
you find coating products that contain the right substances and materials to maximize
reflective properties. Reflective coatings don’t just help save your roof –
they also help you save money by making your roof more energy-efficient
and, consequently, bringing your energy bills down.
About the
Author
Dawn Smith has been in the construction and roofing
industry for over a decade now. She has been swinging a hammer alongside her
dad since she was little, and has vast exposure to just about anything to do
with home improvement. During her free time, she likes to share tips and her experiences
with people who share her passion. Check out her blog here http://www.peakroofingcontractors.com/and read more of her industry updates here
https://www.facEB.com/peakroofingcontractors.