Roofing maintenance is often overlooked by facility managers when creating their annual maintenance plan. However, it should be one of your top priorities. Your roofing system is more than a static element of your building. It is an integral part of your heating, cooling, and ventilation system. When you think of your roofing system in this way, it becomes apparent how important proper preventative maintenance is for the overall health and performance of your building.
Some of the benefits of preventative maintenance for commercial roofing include:
- Increases HVAC performance and efficiency
- Reduces the chance of water damage inside and outside the facility
- Maintains high properly value
- Protects building against major storm damage
- Reduces the cost of roofing repairs
- Extends the lifespan of expensive roofing materials
- Offers the option to install solar roofing if roofing structure is well-maintained
There are so many reasons to protect your roofing with proper preventative care. At MaintenX, we strive to educate clients on these benefits and build a solid preventative maintenance structure that will help them long-term. These cost-saving and building performance benefits should be factored into your maintenance strategy for the year. Below are some of the best roofing maintenance practices you can implement at your facility:
Schedule roofing inspections as per manufacturer guidelines.
As your roof ages, you will need to look for signs of damage including water pooling, buckling, paint bubbles, and shingle breaks. The roofing manufacturer may also recommend specialized services to prevent damage after a certain period of time or on an annual schedule. Talk to your MaintenX technician to determine the best schedule for your facility.
Address ponding immediately.
Ponding is a common issue with flat roofs experiencing drainage issues. Small puddles can form after a rain or after snow melts, which can leave watermarks on the roof. If left untreated for a long period, this can cause structural damage. If you notice ponding, call your MaintenX technician to find the cause of the drain issue.
Clean debris and snow regularly.
This is especially important if you have a flat commercial roof. You must regularly clean debris, snow, and other natural elements to ensure that buildup does not occur. Because your roof is rarely inspected or visited, debris can go unnoticed until it causes a serious problem. Schedule cleanings regularly throughout the fall and winter, and on a set schedule during the spring and summer to prevent this.
These tips can help you maintain your commercial roofing to the fullest extent of its service life. MaintenX strives to help all clients get the most out of their roofing system, and that starts with preventative care.
To learn more about our roofing services, contact your local MaintenX team today!