5 Commercial Roofing Maintenance Tips

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Your commercial roof is essential for your business. If you let your roof go, this can lead to expensive repairs or remodeling in the future. You also run the risk of getting leaks, which can lead to unsightly water damage that can drive customers away. You need to maintain your roof to keep it in the best shape so it can last for years. Here are commercial roofing maintenance tips:

Keep the roof clear

Make sure your roof is kept free from debris all year round. Remove leaves and tree branches in the fall. If left on the roof, leaves can collect moisture when it rains, which will cause the roof to deteriorate over time. You should also remove snow from the roof every day to prevent the weight of the snow from weakening the structure. In the summer, debris can pose a fire hazard, especially if you live in a dry climate.

Inspect and repair AC unit

You need to have your roof AC unit inspected by a professional technician at least once a year. You should also inspect the unit yourself once every few months. Make sure there are no condensation puddles forming on the roof from the unit. Caulk the gaps and crevices around the AC pipes that connect the roof unit to the inside space. Look for and repair cracks in ducts.

Roof cleaning

Hire commercial roofers to come out and clean your roof at least annually. The roofer will buff and remove dirt and grime without damaging the material. Without an annual cleaning, your roof loses its efficiency and it will no longer be able to reflect the sun's rays which keeps your building cool in the summer.

Check your drains, pipes, and gutters

Take a walk around the entire roof and inspect all your drains, pipes, and gutters. Clear all debris from your drains and gutters. Check to make sure the drains work properly by pouring water down them. Check the gutters for cracks and caulk any damage. You should also take a look at all pipes and look for and repair leaks, rust, or damage.

Replace gravel

Search your roof for areas with missing gravel or exposed tar. You need to replace the gravel in these areas to ensure the roofing is not exposed to the elements and becomes damaged. If you find exposed tar, check the area for softness or cracks. If you find damage, you need to call a roofing contractor for repairs before applying more gravel.

These are five ways you can maintain your commercial roof to make it last for decades. Work with a company like Patrick Miller Construction to make the most of these tips.

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