How to take care of your commercial roof so it will take care of you.
What is a commercial roof?
Commercial buildings are buildings in which there is commerce. From your local shopping mall to the grocery store. From your doctor’s office to your own office. A commercial building is not where people live; it is where people work and do business with each other.
Most commercial buildings are immense, so they tend to have low-sloped roofs. Or at least larger areas of the roofs are low-sloped, which saves the builder and the owner a ton of money when they are building them. And if they are installed correctly and kept in reasonable condition should keep providing savings for years or decades to come.
What are the different types of commercial roofs?
There are several types of commercial roof systems used today. The most common, because it is the oldest, is the built-up asphalt roof. More recently in American roofing history comes the single-ply roof system; TPO, PVC, and EPDM. Then comes the SPF or spray polyurethane roof system. More common in the southern regions of the United States because it performs well down here. And then we have the controversial cementitious roof system. As the name implies, it is made of cement and roof coating.
Of course, other systems are out there, but these are the most common commercial roof systems in Arizona and the southwestern region.
What are the most common problems that we find on commercial roofs?
The most common problem we find on commercial roofs is poor drainage. Usually, when the roof has not been well maintained. And the debris is clogging up the drains and downspouts, resulting in standing water and accelerating the deterioration of the roof covering materials. And adds weight to the roof that often causes a deflection in the decking—making the standing water problem even more profound.
How to keep your commercial roof in good condition
We are logically following the paragraph above this one. If the most common problem, we find our commercial roofs in Arizona. Then the best way to ensure your commercial roof remains in good condition is to implement a well-planned roof care and maintenance plan. Your plan should include regularly scheduled roof visits. The storm even follows up and behind other workers who have accessed the roof for whatever reason.
Whom do you call for proper roof care and maintenance?
If you have a good maintenance team and the roof is safe to access. Your maintenance staff could walk the roofs and remove debris, check the drains, and get an overall idea of the roof’s condition. However, we recommend hiring a well-trained roofing professional to perform at least one roof inspection annually. And to follow up after storm events or any work performed on the roof by any workers. A well-trained roof inspector knows how to evaluate the roof, predict problems, and provide you with good recommendations.
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