“Out of sight, out of mind” is often the attitude people have about certain aspects of their commercial buildings. Not that this is purely the result of negligence, but people simply tend to pay more attention to the things they see and notice every day. Meanwhile, other aspects of your building may be slowly breaking down and deteriorating just under the surface or, in some cases, right above it.
Roof maintenance is one of those things that most commercial building owners don’t think about. Although commercial roofs that are installed properly rarely need much maintenance, exposure to heat, rain, wind, fluctuating temperatures and even foot traffic can take a toll on your commercial roofing over time. Ignoring your roofing maintenance for too long can cause a small problem to turn into a serious and costly repair and even affect the integrity of your building.
Your commercial roof should be inspected at least twice a year, as well as after any severe weather conditions, by commercial roofing contractors in Dallas, TX. Unfortunately, a general contractor or a residential roofing specialist won’t know the specifics of a commercial roof and what to look for. Only a thorough inspection by someone who specializes in commercial roofing will detect issues before they turn into costly repairs. Here is what you should expect from a commercial roofing inspection:
- Seams: Roofing seams are often where problems first start on a commercial building. Seams are typically the weakest point of any commercial roofing system. Whether adhesives or an interlocking system is used, once the seams weaken, the whole roofing system can fail. A trained commercial roofing contractor will check all the seams to ensure that they are not coming apart or deteriorating in any way.
- Joints and corners: All joints and corners around ventilation slits and chimneys should be checked for cracks and weak points.
- Flashings: Roof flashings redirect water flow away from the interior of the building and help prevent leaks. Over time, flashings can loosen, making your roof susceptible to water damage. A thorough inspection should include checking your flashings. Fixing a loose flashing is much cheaper and easier than repairing severe water damage.
- Attachment points: During an inspection, the attachment points of your roof should be checked to ensure that your roof is secure.
- Assess any damage: Finally, any signs of damage such as punctures, leaks, pooling water and any signs of aging and deterioration should be assessed to determine the source of the problem and how best to repair the issue before it becomes a costly repair.
Don’t wait until your commercial roof has visible problems to get it inspected. Detecting problems with your roof early on can help you avoid costly repairs and ensure that you get the most life out of your commercial roof. At Roofmaster Maintenance & Roofing, Inc., your local commercial roofing contractors in Dallas, TX, we offer annual service agreements and the first roof inspection and estimate is always free! To schedule your first appointment, give us a call today!
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