If you own a commercial building, then you need to know how to best care for its roof. Otherwise, those who work inside will have something to say to you down the road when spots and leaks turn into much bigger problems. Don’t lose their business (and a lot of money): instead, follow these steps to protect your commercial roof as thoroughly as possible.
Simple Steps to Protect Your Commercial Roof
To begin with, keep in mind that a commercial roof is almost definitely a flat roof, and is therefore prone to ponding water. If you’ve never heard of or encountered it before, ponding water is the water that remains after any kind of rain-related weather. Because it doesn’t have a means of sliding off the roof, it stays there, gathering weight slowly causing damage the longer it’s allowed to sit. Instead, find a solution to drain the water, checking for its presence after storms of any size. Similarly, these checkups will help to remove any debris that fell and which shouldn’t be piling up on the roof.
Ensuring that you’re doing all you can to protect your commercial roof means having it regularly inspected by a qualified roofing professional. Schedule “annual or semi-annual roof inspections” so that you know for sure that there are no serious (or even minor) issues up there. If there are any issues, the inspection will suss them out early enough for the pro to fix. You want to have those repairs or replacement done as quickly as possible to limit the amount of damage done, if any.
Though your roofing contractor will know where it’s best (and safest) to walk up on top of the building, someone else (say, someone installing a satellite dish) may not know. You should check and see where is safe to walk, not only for the people, but to protect your commercial roof. Shoes and boots can cause damage over time, in certain areas up there, that you might not expect.
“Light-reflecting, waterproof spray coatings can add an extra layer of security to your roof at very little expense.” These coatings are known for their ability to protect your commercial roof, so at least do some research and consider one before eliminating it as an option.
Whatever you decide, you’ll need the help of a professional roofer in order to best protect your commercial roof. If you get in touch with Cox Roofing, you’ll be able to work with a business that has your best interests in mind and which has over thirty years of experience.
Cox Roofing is a full-service, certified roofing contractor providing residential and commercial roofing services to the state of Maryland, with a particular focus on Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County and Howard County. We pride ourselves on our personalized service which transforms your property into the residence or business of your dreams. Get in touch for your free estimate today.