Spring Maintenance Tips for Commercial Roofs

After the devastation of winter and as spring arrives, it's crucial for commercial property owners to pay attention to their roofs. Here are some tips for maintaining commercial roofs in top condition this spring.

1. Conduct an Infrared Roof Scan

Consider hiring a professional to conduct an infrared roof scan. This technology can detect areas of trapped moisture within the roof system, which can lead to leaks and other issues if not addressed. Professional roofers can do this for you for free if it's included with the roofer's free estimates.

2. Inspect Roof Drains and Scuppers

Check the roof drains and scuppers for any blockages, such as debris or vegetation. Blocked drains can lead to ponding water on the roof and cause potential leaks. Your roofer can head up your roof and see how to improve your roof drains and sloping where necessary.

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3. Check Roof Perimeter Flashing

Inspect the perimeter flashing of your commercial roof for any gaps or damage. Properly sealed flashing is essential for preventing water intrusion and maintaining the integrity of your roof system. Often, flashing can wear out, detach and fall out of place, or age and weaken due to age. Have a roofer expertly check your perimeter flashing.

4. Examine Roof Penetrations

Inspect all roof penetrations, such as vents, pipes, and HVAC units, for signs of damage or wear. Have a roofer check and ensure all seals are intact and replace any damaged seals to prevent water infiltration.

5. Clean Roof Debris

Remove any debris, such as leaves, branches, and dirt, from the roof surface. Accumulated debris can hold moisture and contribute to the deterioration of your roof system over time. Even if you're using durable single-ply roofing material, there's no guarantee debris won't cause it harm – especially if it's excessive.

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6. Check Skylights and Roof Hatches

Inspect skylights and roof hatches for any cracks or damage. Seals should always be intact and replace any damaged components to prevent water intrusion.

7. Trim Overhanging Branches

Trim back any tree branches that overhang your commercial roof. Overhanging branches can scratch the roof surface and potentially cause damage to the roof membrane. Hire a specialist to do this for you as branches can be dangerous if they're quite heavy and dense.

8. Schedule a Professional Inspection

Consider scheduling a professional roof inspection this spring. A trained roofing contractor can identify potential issues early on and recommend necessary repairs or maintenance to prolong the life of your roof.

Here are a few more tips exclusive for specific types of commercial properties:

Factory Roof Maintenance

Inspect Equipment Attachments: Check any equipment or machinery mounted on the roof for signs of damage or leaks around attachments. Ensure that any penetrations are properly sealed to prevent water intrusion.

Check for Chemical Damage: If your factory deals with chemicals, inspect the roof for any signs of chemical damage. Chemical spills or leaks can weaken the roof membrane over time, leading to leaks and structural issues.

Restaurant Roof Maintenance

Inspect Grease Traps and Exhaust Systems: For restaurants with flat roofs, it's essential to inspect and clean grease traps and exhaust systems regularly. Grease buildup can clog drains and lead to ponding water on the roof.

Check Rooftop HVAC Units: Inspect rooftop HVAC units for proper drainage and functioning. Ensure that condensation lines are clear and that units are securely mounted to prevent damage during high winds.

Corporate Office Roof Maintenance

Check Roof Access Points: Inspect access points to the roof, such as doors and hatches, for proper sealing and security. Ensure that these areas are regularly maintained to prevent water intrusion and unauthorized access.

Inspect Skylights and Atriums: If your office building has skylights or atriums, inspect them for any signs of leaks or damage. Replace any damaged seals or glazing to prevent water infiltration.

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