The roof is a commercial building's first line of defense from natural hazards such as wind, rain, fire, hail, ice, snow, and extreme heat. It is also the most vulnerable part of your building. Every day, your roof is exposed to weather and other elements that may contribute to decay and deterioration, increasing the risk of damage to the roof itself and the contents below it.
The International Building Code (IBC), which sets safety standards for commercial building, requires that roofs “serve to protect the building.” Having a roof that “protects the building” starts with design, materials selection, and installation at the time a facility is built or remodeled --events that occur infrequently and may be outside the scope of most businesses' ongoing activity. But it also includes a regular program of inspection, maintenance, and repair --activities that should be part of your operational planning in order to prolong the useful life of your roof and make sure it does its job in protecting your business from weather damage.
The best way to avoid roof-related problems and strengthen weather resistance is through regular care and preventive maintenance. Proper maintenance also prolongs the life of a roof and in many instances will allow for “repair” instead of “replacement” when a problem is identified. The frequency of inspections for routine maintenance depends on several factors, including the age of the roof, recent weather events, rooftop foot traffic, and conditions identified during previous inspections. That said, scheduling inspections every 6 months (fall and spring) is an effective way to make sure they are not sidetracked by the press of other important business.
A typical commercial roof can have a warranty of 10 to 50 years, and during that time it is very important that the commercial roof repair is done on a constant basis. Items can rust, animals can damage roofing, wind can loosen the commercial roofing materials, and maintenance items can be forgotten about. It is very important to keep in mind that although the roof is not leaking, that does not mean that there is not a problem. Setting up a regular schedule to maintain your commercial roof is always a very good idea. With a regular low-cost maintenance schedule, a commercial roof might be maintained indefinitely, thereby deferring the cost of a new commercial roof for years, even perhaps decades. By setting up and deferring to a maintenance schedule, our service teams can clean the debris off of your commercial roof, check all of the pipes and penetrations, check the seams of the roofing membranes, reattach any loose flashings, and maintain the roof in a way that will add years of life to your commercial roof.
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