There are many types of roofing materials that can be used in a commercial building, and each type can vary in cost and life expectancy. However, even the most economical commercial roof can put a dent in your budget, so you probably want to get as many years as possible from your existing roof before you have to replace it. Here are a few things that licensed roofing companies know about extending the life of a commercial roof.
How Well Do You Maintain Your Commercial Roof?
Like many other building components, a commercial roof lasts longer if you maintain it properly. In Central Texas, nature is often unkind to commercial roofing. You can expect your roof to be exposed to hailstorms, blistering heat, torrential downpours, and strong wind gusts at some point during its life, and it is quite likely that your roof will have to endure multiple onslaughts. It is also quite possible that your roof will suffer at least a little damage from storms and exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. The problem with minor damage is that it will inevitably progress to significant damage. When damage is caught early, commercial roofing contractors can typically make economical repairs. If repairs are neglected, the damage can extend to the roof insulation, deck, gutter system, and building’s interior, making repairs more difficult and more expensive. Have a reputable commercial roof contractor inspect your roof after every severe storm. You should also schedule routine inspections at least once every year and preferably every six months.
Who Should Walk on a Commercial Roof?
Unless it is a true emergency, only commercial roofing contractors and well-trained service technicians should be allowed on your roof. Many commercial roofing types are easily damaged if the person walking on them does not have the proper shoes or does not know the weak areas that they need to avoid. Unless you have permanent walkways affixed to your roof, when you call for commercial roofing services, ask whether the contractor can bring temporary walk pads to use while on your roof.