Commercial Roofs Don't Take Vacations.
Summer-specific aspects of roof maintenance.
Summer is at its peak, with hot sunny days, sparkling pools and the smell of grilling. But your roof is not taking any time off! Now is an excellent opportunity to look at completing any scheduled roofing projects or routine maintenance as summer poses some unique challenges to the integrity of your roof. Hot temperatures, increased humidity and storms are here and your commercial roof needs help to stand up to it. Let's take a look at the most common situations you may face this summer season.
1) Storms - While you can't prevent the unexpected, you can be prepared. Inspect your roof before a storm hits and address any needed repairs. Being proactive and fully informed about the condition of your roof will help you protect your asset in the event of damage and navigate insurance claims faster. After the storm check your roof for any damage, even if you aren’t experiencing any leaks.
2) Moisture build-up - Hot temperatures and humid air put your roof to the test. Moisture build-up and condensation may lead to insulation damage and mold. Apart from compromising the integrity of your asset, mold can also cause health problems for your employees. It is also important to make sure your roof is draining properly and that you reduce ponding water on your roof.
3) Vegetation growth - Algae and moss love summer. Sunlight, humidity and hot temperatures provide vegetation with a comfortable environment. Left unchecked, algae and moss can eventually cover your entire roof trapping the moisture underneath and causing decay over time. Plants and tree root systems that made your roof their home may burrow through surfaces, making any existing cracks larger and allowing water to get in. In some cases, vegetation may also become a slipping hazard for someone walking on your roof.
Your roof is your facility's first line of defense against the elements and one of the most expensive assets of your building. Keeping your building watertight is paramount, and that's where routine roof evaluations and maintenance come into play.
Where to start? Schedule a roof inspection. Get a trusted roofing contractor to perform a detailed inspection of your commercial roof. They should provide you with a condition report that includes pictures of your roof and any areas of concern. With CentiMark, the report you receive will uncover all concerns from clogged drainage systems to cracks, tears, vegetation growth and anything that could compromise your roof. We will provide estimates on any needed repairs or maintenance and help prioritize them.
We will also present you with custom roof maintenance strategies that may include routine cleaning and debris removal, pipe seals, caulk terminations, gutter and skylight cleaning, insulation maintenance, OSHA compliance updates, and more. A proper maintenance plan will help you stay ahead of the roof aging game and keep those leaks at bay.
Enjoy the sunny summer days and keep your facility watertight with us! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.