Extend Your Roof’s Life with Commercial Flat Roof Maintenance.
The best way to extend the life of your roof is with a comprehensive commercial roof maintenance plan. A well-maintained roof can last many years past its initial warranty period, and every astute building manager knows that pushing back roof replacement frees up capital that can be used for other business-related expenditures. Savvy building managers that want to get the most from their roof investment realize that regular commercial roof maintenance isn’t an option—it’s an integral part of a fiscally responsible facility plan.
Timing Is Everything in the World of Roof Maintenance
Optimally, a commercial roof should be inspected at least twice a year, usually in the spring and fall. Most roof system warranties have specific roofing maintenance guidelines that must be followed in order to keep the warranty in effect. In some cases, enrolling in a qualified commercial roof maintenance plan can actually extend your warranty.
In addition to regular inspections, warranty maintenance, and repairs, there are things facility managers can do to extend the service life of their roofs. All workers who have access to the roof should follow general precautions, such as not smoking on the roof, walking only on designated walk paths and pads, promptly clearing drain clogs, and making it a habit not to leave tools or other items on the roof.
How to Establish a Commercial Roofing Maintenance Plan
Documenting the history of the roof is imperative to a successful commercial roof maintenance plan. It’s nice to keep both a digital copy and a hard copy of all the necessary documents, which should include original roof specs, shop drawings and proposals, daily construction reports, manufacturer’s roofing system product sheets, warranty documents and records of all roof changes, modifications, and repairs.
Initial Roof Survey for a Commercial Roof Maintenance Plan
An initial comprehensive roof survey, including an energy audit analysis, provides a solid foundation at the start of a new commercial roof maintenance program. The survey should feature a detailed report of the roof’s current condition, the age and size of the roof, and the type of roofing system present. Any factor that influences the existing or future roof condition, such as location and type of access portals, the number and placement of paths, prevailing environmental factors and building use, are all invaluable when it comes to establishing a successful commercial roof maintenance plan.
Valuable Reasons to Enroll in a Roof Maintenance Program
Because a commercial roof is much more complicated and technical than it looks to the untrained eye, the best way to protect your investment is to hire a roofing specialist rather than handing over responsibility for the roof to a building maintenance crew. At North American Roofing, we assist our customers in making good roof repair and maintenance decisions. We use state-of-the-art thermography equipment that can detect potential leaks before they’re visible. Our goal is to keep your roof in top shape so you can go about the business of running your business.
Give us a call at 866-567-2064 today to learn more about our commercial roof maintenance programs.
StarCare™ Maintenance Program
StarCare™ is an affordable roof asset management program designed to prolong the lives of your existing roof systems, keep them water tight, and provide you with all the information you need to forecast maintenance budgets for necessary roof repairs and replacements. Learn more about StarCare here.
“Having all 1,700 of our retail stores in the StarCare™ program has provided unbelievable savings both financially and in time management.”