Preventive maintenance is the key to taking care of commercial roofing systems. And, it might seem like an unnecessary expense – especially when inspections yield very little in terms of issues.
But we’ve encountered a lot of clients who have learned the hard way just how difficult it is to get their roofs back in tip-top shape without a regular maintenance schedule. So, if you’re just about to start setting up your own schedule, here are a few items to consider:
Clear Your Drains
Drainage systems on commercial roofs can be a little bit more complicated than a residential roof. That’s because these roofs tend to be made with materials like concrete and feature a slope that can make normal water removal difficult. This means that it’s likely for water and debris to get trapped inside your roofing system’s drains.
External drains and gutters can get blockedup. The added weight of the water can damage the structure of the gutter itself and cause cracks that can drain the water back into your building’s siding.
Check the Surface
This is easier to do with commercial roofing systems than with residential roofs. This is thanks to the gentler slope of the former. Because of this, you should be able to walk through the surface of the roof to inspect for any signs of wear and tear, or even see if there’s any potential damage that you should monitor.
Clear the Roof
In connection with clearing your drains, you should also clear the roof of the debris that’s likely to accumulate. This includes, but is not limited to, dirt and shavings from your shingles, leaves and branches from any nearby trees, fallen equipment and other items that could potentially be found as clutter on your roof.
That’s because these things can become the things that eventually clog your drains. Heavier debris can unnecessarily add weight to the structure of your roofing system. This can lead to integrity failure throughout the roof, and the formation of leaks.
Pritchett Bros knows just how to inspect your roof and can help you through the process of preparing for maintenance. Give us a call at (812) 275-3185, or fill out our contact form to set a consultation. We serve clients in Indiana, including Bloomington.