The weather in spring may be mild compared to other seasons, but this doesn’t mean your commercial roof has fewer maintenance needs in spring. Remember: Because of its low slope, commercial flat roofs are vulnerable to leaks and other forms of moisture damage.
To help you get started on your spring roof maintenance tasks, Kearns Brothers, one of your local home improvement companies, shares some maintenance tips below:
Schedule Routine Roof Inspections
Scheduling routine roof inspections will help make sure relatively minor issues are addressed before they can affect other parts of your roof. Since winter can be especially harsh on your exterior, it’d be a good idea to schedule roof inspections before and after winter.
Quick tip: Pay close attention to roof flashing
Certain parts of your flat roof, such as its flashing, are more leak-prone than other roof components. Roof installers attach flashing—thin pieces of galvanized steel—to cover roof joints or areas where the roof membrane meets the chimney, vents, and skylights. When water ponds on a flat roof, water can easily enter loosened flashing and infiltrate a commercial flat roof.
Keep Drains Free of Debris
To keep water from ponding on your commercial roof, you should keep your drains free of any debris. The term flat roof is a bit of a misnomer—flat roofs aren’t completely flat. The roof surface needs to have a low slope to allow rainwater to flow down the drains. In spring, trees are expected to grow and shed leaves faster, which is why you need to make sure the drains on your flat roof are kept free of leaves or other kinds of organic debris.
Update Your Roofing Files
Don’t forget to make sure the files on your roof’s history of repairs and installations are up-to-date. It’d also be a good idea to check if you have all the details of its warranty. You never know when you’ll need these documents to file a claim with your insurer.
One more thing: It’s easy to miss the signs of roof damage, which is why you should vet a contractor before hiring them. The number of years they’ve been in the industry should give you a good idea of their level of expertise.
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