The roof on any building is one of the most crucial parts of the structure, therefore proper maintenance on your commercial roofing is critical to the health of your building.
The first thing you need to ensure is that your commercial roofing is made of the correct material. There are a variety of different materials that are often used by commercial roofing contractors. These include steel, copper, metal tie, rubber, concrete or clay tile. There are good and bad things about each but you should only consider materials that hold up in the the climate where you are located. It may be tempting to just go with the cheapest option but that could end up costing more in the long run.
In terms of the different commercial roofing materials, the various metals are cheaper than tile. Even if you go with the most expensive grades, they are still cheaper than clay tile. Metal roofs are some of the most durable and can last 50 years if you are diligent with your maintenance. They can also cut the energy bills for your business. Metal roofing systems work very well in most climates. They come in at least 100 colors so they really are a great way to go for most companies.
Be careful when selecting a commercial roofing company to work on your building. It does not matter how big or small the job you are having done is, you need to do your homework when selecting a roofing company. Ask for recommendations, check their credentials and see if you can get references. You have to make sure anyone who works on your commercial roofing system is qualified and certified.
Proper commercial roofing maintenance will extend the roof?s life and save you a lot of money in repairs. Have it inspected as often as the contractor tells you to. If any damage is found, it should be repaired right away. Small problems such as a missing shingle, can turn into big problems if they are neglected. Have a professional do the inspections. They need to check chimneys or skylights if you have them as well as the gutters and vents. If anything appears worn, it should be replaced. Replacing a few small things is a lot cheaper than replacing the whole roof.
Listen to your roofing contractor. They are experts at identifying problems before they grow out of control. There are times when it is more cost effective to get a new roof rather than try to repair your existing roof. If the company you hired to check your commercial roofing system says there is a problem, there is a problem. Take care of it as soon as you can.
Keeping your roof in tip top condition needs to be a priority. A leak could cause your business to flood and that can do irreparable damage to your company. Your roof is one of your more important defenses against weather and the elements. It protects you, your employees and, if applicable, your inventory. You cannot afford to lose any of that. With due diligence, you will not have to.