3 Simple Tips For Prolonging Your Commercial Roof
If you are a business owner, you probably have a list of priorities. From marketing and hiring new employees to buying products and materials, you will need to invest in your business in multiple ways. Unfortunately, you probably do not want to be investing in a new roof earlier than expected. With these tips, you will earn how to prolong the lifespan of your commercial building roof.
Just like you clean the inside of your building, you need to clean the outside and the roof is a great place to start with general cleaning and maintenance.
Dirt, dust, leaves, pine straw, and even trash quickly builds up on your roof, decreasing the appeal of your building and adding unnecessary weight to the roof. If you have a flat roof, which most commercial buildings do, this debris and weight can be even more problematic because it will not be able to run off the side.
Therefore, making the roof a priority when it comes to general cleaning and maintenance. Inspect the roof for any debris as much as possible. Also, if you see any signs of mold growth, be sure to clean the roof surface with an anti-bacterial cleaner, such as bleach, to stop this growth from spreading.
In addition to cleaning the actual roof, clean out gutters and downspouts regularly.
Most people are surprised by how the landscaping around their building affects their roof. Trees, for instance, that hang over the top of your roof or too close to the roof and gutters can pose serious problems.
Walk around the building and pay attention to any trees hanging directly over or too close to your roof and gutter system.
Make sure to trim off low-lying branches to reduce the amount of debris that falls onto your roof and into the gutters, clogging up the system. If any trees appear discolored or broken due to disease or storm damage, have them removed to protect the roof.
You do need to inspect the actual roof, but you also need to inspect the actual building for issues that could cause roof issues.
Walk around the exterior of the building to check for cracks in the driveways, walkways, foundation, and building walls. These cracks will allow moisture to seep in, which could lead to moisture damage of the roof, as well. Repair these cracks and crevices by filling with sealant/caulk which will prevent moisture from seeping in, but also protect your entire building from rot, decay, warping, mold growth, and pests.
The roof over your business is as important as the building itself. If you need help with roofing on your business, call a roofing contractor today.