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Commercial roof maintenance and roof inspections

Longwood Roofing Pros is taking care of rooftops all across Longwood Florida!

7 Practices for Best Commercial Roof Maintenance

1. Regular Inspections

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A commercial roof can be a deserted place to be for days or even weeks at a time. The best way to ensure that your building’s roof is in top condition is to have regular professional inspections from a well certified, licenced professional roofer. There are times when problems begin to form on a flat commercial roof that can only be spotted by a thoroughly trained professional. 

 We recommend a semi annual inspection every year in order to ensure that any potential problems are detected and repaired at the earliest possible time. We don’t select a random day to inspect the roof but we typically try to plan an inspection after inclement weather or after a period of really hot temperatures in the summertime. Our highly trained professionals will give you peace of mind in knowing that twice every year we will be there to give you the best possible evaluation and analysis of the condition of your roof.

2. Keep a Clean Roof

Proper cleaning of your roof is the best way to relieve undo stress that is put up on your roof by extreme weather conditions like scorching heat, high winds and heavy rainfall. Typically we find all sorts of rubbish that has blown onto a building due to high winds that collects in piles on the roof. This prevents rain water from draining properly. Piles of rubbish and standing water sitting on your roof will begin to cause various problems such as: mold, rot, and cracking. In a short time these small problems become bigger problems, like holes forming in your roofing material. Proper routine cleaning will help eliminate these problems.

 Severe Florida weather puts a great deal of stress on your commercial flat roof. Combined with the fact that rubble will find its way onto your roof after harsh storms. Having your commercial roof cleaned is less expensive than the cost of repairs. The benefit of cleaning your roof after a major storm leaves your building looking great and well maintained.

3. Keep Accurate Work Logs

It is an excellent practice to have a log book at the very beginning of caring for your building’s roof. This idea would probably become obvious after a period of time, but it is much more effective to start with a log from the beginning. All of the pertinent history and activity conducted for the roof maintenance and repair will be recorded in this log book.  It will be a very valuable management tool for upcoming situations like additional repairs that may be needed or even if the building were appraised for its value.

4. Never Procrastinate with Roof Repairs

Conducting repairs promptly as imaginable is the absolute best practice to mitigate Incredibly high prices later on in the days to come. Underneath your roof’s surface is the insulation and it becomes damaged once water reaches it.       

There are a number of things to watch out for when checking your roof. Keep a watchful eye for standing water puddles up on your roof, damaged seams beginning to separate, and pierced areas in the material that might allow water to leak through. 

Loose fasteners are also a common problem that allow the sheets of roof material to move out of place, which allows water to seep in. The same holds true for caulking, because like fasteners, caulking helps hold roofing material in place and form a seal to keep water out.

5. Keep Drains Clear and Unclogged

Try to think of your roof drain as you do your bathroom sink! When the drain is clear it works perfectly allowing you to channel away water swiftly. It is inevitable for your sink to get a clog at some point due to build up that accumulates in the drain over time. 

The same is true for your roof drain! There are tons of different kinds of debris that will be discovered while cleaning your roof drain. The only limit to the variety of different types of debris is the location of your property. Buildings that are close to trees will naturally have a lot of leaves and branches accumulating around the drains. 

The hotel industry gives us a text book type example, where guests tend to throw anything and everything on rooftops that are accessible to them. It is not uncommon to find clothing, shoes, beer bottles, purses, empty food packages, and much more littered across a hotel rooftop.

6. Overgrown Trees and Vegetation

Commercial buildings that are situated near trees that have branches that are above the building will have to be constantly maintained in order to prevent significant damage to the roof. In an effort to prevent the accumulation of leaves, branches and anything that may be growing on the tree. Larger branches also pose a significant risk of breaking loose from the tree and falling down to the roof causing punctures and other damage. 

Buildings that have vegetation such as vines growing on or near them are also at risk for clogged drains. Vegetation tends to grow towards water sources. It is not uncommon to find vines growing across a rooftop and all around and into the roof drains. This condition prevents rainwater from draining properly from the roof.

7. Properly Working and Installed Rooftop Equipment

This last tip should not be overlooked because it is very important to ensure that all of the equipment on your rooftop is in excellent installation and operating condition.

 Is the equipment mounted, sealed, and wired properly? Loose mounts for rooftop equipment can cause damage to your roof. All mounts, conduit, ducts, and pipes that are run into the building must be sealed completely and thoroughly.  Finally, the equipment needs to be wired properly so that it does not pose a risk of a fire. 

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