If you own or manage a commercial building, you’re likely responsible for its roofing system. We’ve collected some of the most common myths (or maybe wishful thinking) about commercial roofs to give you some additional insight into your facility.
Myth #1: Commercial roofs last forever
While a correctly installed and cared for roof can last decades, they do not last forever. The integrity and durability of your roof depends on many factors, from the material it is made from to the quality of the installation to your climate. The best way to ensure your roof has an impressive life span is to work with a high quality, professional commercial roofing contractor to evaluate your needs and install and maintain your roof. This helps ensure your roof is right from the start and will appreciably prolong its life.
Myth #2: The roof only needs to be seen if something is wrong
By the time you spot a leak inside the building, it’s probably too late for a minor repair. Water can travel a long way within the structure of the building before it appears on you walls and ceilings. Ideally, your commercial roof should be seen twice a year by a professional who can take preventative action and also advise you as to when the roof might need replacing. This ensures that minor damage is caught quickly and that you don’t need to worry about downtime related to leaks or damage.
Myth #3: It doesn’t snow much here, so I don’t need a spring checkup
Winter is about more than snow. Precipitation of any type combined with temperature extremes can impact your roof in more ways than one. Unless you have an inspection, you may not realize that your roof has been damaged or that branches and other debris from the fall and winter may have collected on the surface.
Myth #4: I’m handy and can DIY minor repairs
Your roof is high off the ground and without the proper safety equipment you (or your team) could be in danger. DIY roof repair can lead to major damage or even an OSHA violation. Eliminate the risk of injury or roof damage and call a pro, even for the little stuff.
Learning about some of the most common misconceptions about commercial roofs allows you to take the right actions to care for it. If you spot a problem or if it’s time for a replacement roof, we’re here to help. Get in touch to learn more about your options and for answers to your roofing questions.