Commercial roofs are built with materials that are intended to last a really long time, but every roof can sustain damage over time as the roofing system takes the brunt of the different seasons. Heavy snowfall in the winter, spring rains, blistering summer heat and the occasional wind storm can all take their toll. If your roof does suffer some damage, it's not just the roof that's at stake – the integrity of the whole building and your business is on the line as well.
If it turns out that your roof does need some minor work, late spring and summer are the best time of year to have it done. If you wait until fall or winter in some regions, you could end up with a lengthy wait time before emergency repairs can be done.
So, what should you look for as a commercial building owner and you've just gone through some intense weather or your roof is getting up there in age?
Check for Heat Damage. UV rays from the sun's heat can diminish the integrity of roofing materials over time. A really hot summer can cause seams to part or can even lead to cracking in the roof's materials. Any visible signs of damage like these are a cause for concern and a good reason to call for a professional roof inspection.
Walk the Whole Roof. If you just try to "eyeball" the roof from one spot, chances are you can't see the whole surface area. This is especially true for larger commercial buildings. Have your maintenance staff help you walk the entire roof to look for signs of damage. This can include tears, bubbling, blistering or cracks around flashing. Any minor tear in roofing material can lead to disaster in a few months after some rain or snowfall.
Look for Sagging Areas. One major red flag that you might spot is an area that is sagging. Locations like this where roofing material has weakened will trap water, which can lead to a host of problems in a short amount of time. Sagging could indicate serious structural problems – in which case you’ll need more than a commercial roofing contractor to take care of it.Those are a few of the most obvious problem spots that you should keep an eye out for when it comes to maintaining a commercial roof. If you do locate any issues with your roof, don't put off a call to a professional roof inspector to examine the roof and get started on repairs.