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January 14, 2016

New Year’s Resolutions for the Health of your Roof

If you’ve made your share of New Year’s resolutions for your personal well-being, you know that they usually deal with health-related issues (get more exercise, stop smoking, etc.). It’s a good idea to apply that same kind of “healthy” thinking to your roof, so here are a few suggestions for roof-related New Year’s resolutions:

inspection picResolve to investigate and take care of leaks. Damage may be visible, such as with water marks and drywall saturation, and it can possibly be serious enough to cause part or all of the ceiling to fall. But there’s also potential damage going on behind walls and ceilings to electrical wires and fixtures and insulation, which can promote growth of mold and fungus. Those problems will be much more costly to deal with in the long run than taking care of leaks now.

Resolve to consider cleaning your roof. Cleaning your roof can be an important way to keep it in good condition. Removing old leaves, branches and other debris can help ensure good rooftop water flow and reduce the chance that ponding water will cause serious damage to your roof. Also, if your building has a cool roof, keeping it clean will help it maintain its high reflectivity. The manufacturer of your commercial roof should have guidelines for roof cleaning “dos” and “don’ts.”

Resolve to plan for a replacement. Do you know how old your building’s roof is? Do you know its expected lifespan? Commercial roofs typically last between 15-20 years. While replacing a roof is a large capital investment, it makes sense to do it before leaks and other issues cause interior damage and become really expensive maintenance concerns.

Resolve to use an established, reputable, professional roofing contractor for all your roofing needs. Before hiring, ask for references and check them. Look for a contractor that is licensed, bonded, insured and in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. An important question to ask is whether the contractor will stand behind their installation with a warranty. The roofing materials will have their own product warranty but that won’t cover the installation workmanship. The contractor should provide a written warranty that they will be there to take care of any problems that develop.

Following these resolutions will help ensure that a happy new year is in store for both you and your roof.


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