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March 07, 2019

3 Commercial Roofing Mistakes Most Businesses Make (and How to Avoid Them)

bad-decision-full-getty-30621-108355712Most commercial roofing problems can be avoided by taking a proactive approach to maintenance and repair. Simply being aware of some common mistakes businesses make when it comes to their roofing systems can help you avoid these issues and help secure the integrity and lengthen the lifespan of your commercial roof.

Skipping Inspections

Say your roof is fairly new, and the winter wasn’t too bad. So, you can skip that scheduled inspection, right? Not so fast! Inspections are intended to spot potential problems in the very early stages, while repairs are simple and relatively inexpensive. Whether it’s finding debris, standing water, detached gutters, or separating membrane seams, an inspection will help protect your roof for the long haul.

Fixing Problems Yourself

Today’s commercial roof systems are pretty complex – much more is involved than some shingles and nails. Whether you want to install something new or take care of a repair that looks minor, DIY commercial roofing can be a bad idea. From safety issues to training and equipment to costly re-repairs after trying to tackle the job yourself, you should mitigate risk to both your employees and your facility by choosing a pro for your roofing work. You're an expert at what you do – hire a commercial roofer to do what they’re an expert at.

Waiting too Long to Replace your Roof

Mounting repair costs, soaring energy bills, uncomfortable temperatures and regular leaks indicate that your roof may be too old or outdated to repair. If you feel like you are constantly patching roof problems, taking the plunge on a new one sooner rather than later is the best choice. If you wait until the roof finally fails, you'll have to scramble to budget for the replacement and may not have time to really consider all your options. The occasional minor repair may not be a major indicator, but if you find you are calling for help regularly, it is time to consider replacement.

Working with a licensed, professional commercial roofing contractor is the best move you can make when it comes to avoiding the mistakes above. When you can rely on the guidance and expertise of a pro, you can stop worrying about your commercial roof and return to focusing on what you do best – running your business. Get in touch today to talk about your roofing options and learn how to avoid the common errors above.

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