Busy Business Owner: 5 Tips For Keeping Your Commercial Roof In Great Shape
If you own your own business, one of the last things on your mind most days is probably your roof. However, if you want your building to stay in great shape, you need to stay on top of taking care of your roof. Here are the three areas of your roof that you need to either inspect yourself, or have inspected once a business quarter.
#1 Clean Your Gutters
You need to clean your gutters on a seasonal basis. During the fall, you need to have your gutters cleaned out even more frequently due to the large amounts of leaves that tend to build up in gutters.
If you fail to clean out the debris from your gutters, they will get backed up and will not drain properly. This can lead to water building up on your roof, which can damage your roof tiles and lead to more expensive repairs in the future.
#2 Clean Your Scuppers
Commercial roofs are designed a little differently than residential roofs. Most commercial roofs also have scuppers on top of them. These are specific areas that are designed specifically to funnel the water off of your roof.
You need to check your scuppers on at least a seasonal basis and make sure that no debris is blocking the openings. If it is, you just need to remove it to get your scuppers in good working order again.
#3 Check Your Corner Flashing
One of the weakest areas of your roof where leaks most often develop is the corner flashings. The corner flashings are the specific material that goes all the corners of your roof and protects them. You need to make sure that your corner flashing is properly attached to your roof, and that none of the pieces are loose or missing.
Water can easily make its way under loose flashing and into your building, causing lots of damage that could have been avoided by keeping an eye on your flashing.
#4 Watch Out For Blisters
When you are clearing your roof and inspecting everything listed above, make sure that you watch out for blisters on your roof. Often times, the roofing material used on commercial roofs can get "blisters."
These blisters occur when an air pocket is formed where your roofing material has detached from the insulation. Left alone, these air pockets create a path for water to enter your roof and your building. If you spot any blisters on your roof, you need to call your roofing company and have them come out and repair the blisters right away.
#5 Check In With Your HVAC Technicians
The HVAC system for most commercial buildings are housed on the roof of the building. That means that every time your HVAC system is inspected, they have to walk on your roof. Check in with your HVAC technicians and make sure they are taking the proper precautions to be safe while on your roof and to cause as little damage as possible when they are up there.
If you keep on top of the five items listed above on a seasonal basis, you will greatly reduce the risk of having any major issues or problems with your commercial roof in Edmonton.