If you own an office building or a warehouse, you know the importance of maintaining a safe and comfortable working environment. The roof of a building is one of its most important components. In addition to being dangerous, a leaky roof lets heat and air conditioning out of the building, increasing energy bills, and making employees and clients uncomfortable.
Regular preventative maintenance can help you steer clear of damages and increase the life of your roof. There are a few things you can do to keep your building’s roof in prime condition.
Clean the Roof Regularly
It rains often in Portland and with that rain comes wind and debris that can damage a rooftop. Dirt can build up and wear away the roofing material. The town is full of trees and fallen leaves and branches can cause an awful lot of extra weight on your roof. It is always a good idea to have a professional roofing company out to remove leaves, branches, and other debris at least a few times a year.
Prepare Your Roof for Four Seasons
Although Puddletown is not known for its snowstorms, when it does snow, it causes major problems for commuters and property owners. Snow drifts can damage a roof because of its weight and moisture. Ice dams can form and they will prevent water from draining off of the roof properly.
If your business has a metal roof, rain and hail can cause rust and corrosion that can wear away at the structure.
Winterizing your roof can help prevent some of the damage snow can cause. If your building has an attic, insulation can help. A professional roofing company can provide insulation and can inspect your roof for damages that may be made worse by a snowstorm.
Have Regular Roof Inspections
It can be easy to ignore small problems in a building. A crack in a window or a tiny leak in the roof may seem like something with which you can live. Unfortunately, small leaks can turn into large ones.
A metal roof has a protective coating. Small scratches on a metal roof can eventually wear away at this coating. If you have your roof inspected regularly, the inspector can catch these small scratches and reapply the protective coating. If the coating wears off, it can lead to leaks in the roof which can create major problems.
Looking for a Contractor
When you look for a roofing contractor to perform maintenance on your roof, you will want to check their record with the state’s contracting board to make sure their licenses are up to date and that there are no complaints against them. You should also check online resources such as Angie’s List and make sure the majority of their reviews are good ones,
Make sure to ask the contractor for a time table and an estimate. Get a few bids from commercial roofing contractors before deciding who will work on your roof.
If you take good care of your roof it may exceed its life expectancy. Running a business is hard enough without worrying about whether or not the roof will fall in. A solid maintenance plan will keep you and your employees safe and secure.