Why Commercial Roof Maintenance Matters

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Many people may not immediately consider the roof of their commercial building in their yearly maintenance, but a commercial roof maintenance program is imperative for any building owner. A commercial roof maintenance program helps you protect a valuable business asset while potentially extending the service life of your roof. With just a little extra care, modern commercial roofing systems will last for many years.

Reasons for a Roof Maintenance Program

Since business owners and property managers have many day-to-day responsibilities, it is ideal to enter into a maintenance agreement with a reputable commercial roofing contractor who has the expertise to serve you.

A reputable roofer ensures that periodic scheduled inspections, maintenance and minor repairs will be taken care of. Regular commercial roof maintenance addresses a wide variety of issues common to NJ, including:

  • Punctures
  • Drainage and standing water
  • Seam failures
  • Loose flashing
  • Animal damage
  • Warranty requirements

Let’s take a closer look at these issues and how they can cause problems when routine commercial roofing inspections and maintenance are absent.

Punctures

There’s no substitute for having trained roofing professionals up on your roof on a regularly scheduled basis. It is always possible that a branch or other falling object will puncture your roof membrane without your knowledge.

Prompt detection and repair of any punctures will resolve the matter before a leak causes serious damage. Given the potentially severe consequences of roof leaks, regularly scheduled inspections that catches problems before they become major issues is reason enough to select a commercial roof maintenance program.

Drainage and Standing Water

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A low-slope commercial roof doesn’t readily drain water or shed debris like a typical pitched residential roof. As stormwater flows to drains on a commercial flat roof, it often carries debris that may obstruct drainage.

Anything that impedes drainage can lead to standing water and problems that follow, like roof deterioration, mold and mildew, and mosquito-breeding grounds.

Therefore, it is important that roofing technicians periodically clear leaves, branches, dirt, garbage and anything else that could impede roof drainage. Regularly scheduled commercial roof maintenance will clear debris to keeps drains open and your roof in better condition.

Seam Failures

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Although a properly welded seam will often last for the roof’s full lifetime, failures can occur due to installation problems, membrane shrinkage and more. As the membrane expands and contracts due to temperature extremes, a weak seam may open up. Also, as a roof system ages, shrinkage of the membrane may open up seams, particularly along the perimeter. 

Regular inspection and maintenance of the seams of your commercial roof allows for the prompt diagnosis and repair of problems.

Loose Flashing

Fortunately, properly designed and installed roofing systems take the weather extremes we experience in New Jersey into account. Still, heavy winds and wind-blown debris can damage or loosen flashing on a commercial roof.

In the winter, repeated freeze-thaw cycles also stress roofs. When water expands as it turns to ice, it can damage flashing in various ways, which can create further issues down the line.

A thorough commercial roof maintenance program can identify issues with flashing before they cause more costly repairs.

Animal Damage

Raccoons, squirrels, and other animals can damage commercial roofs, particularly if they gain access to the roof via overhanging branches. Sometimes, they find their way to the roof after accessing the building through unsupervised bay doors.

Once they are on the roof, raccoons have been known to claw into roofing to gain access to nesting spots. They may also dig holes near drain pipes or bend vents. These intruders are so prevalent that there are even raccoon removal services in New Jersey.

Warranty Requirements

One of the most important reasons to have a commercial roof maintenance program in place is that commercial roofing warranties often require periodic inspections. This is understandable, as the manufacturer providing the warranty doesn’t want to face the expense of a major repair or replacement because a minor problem went undetected for years.

The periodic inspections included in a commercial roof maintenance program help keep your warranty in force. Should you ever decide to sell your commercial property, evidence of routine roof maintenance will look good to a prospective buyer.

Also, a well-maintained roof minimizes costly surprises when the standard building inspection occurs prior to closing. In many instances, newly detected roofing problems have to be addressed before the sale is finalized.

As it silently performs its duties year after year, the roof on your commercial building is all too easy to forget about until ominous signs of leaks appear on interior surfaces.

At that point, the cost of roof repairs becomes a significant cost that could potentially have been prevented with routine maintenance. Protect against avoidable roofing expenses with periodic commercial roof maintenance in NJ.

Contact Us Today

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After four decades in business, the CRS team has the knowledge and expertise to address every kind of commercial roofing need. CRS has completed major commercial roofing projects throughout the New Jersey, Connecticut, and Eastern Pennsylvania regions.

We are a true full-service contractor offering full commercial roof replacements, repairs, emergency solutions, and routine inspections. Our commercial maintenance program includes routine inspections that will give you peace of mind.

We always work with our clients to ensure that roof maintenance does not interfere with day-to-day operations. We also excel in customizing commercial roof systems that resolve special challenges.

To arrange for a visit by our certified roof inspector, or to enroll in our maintenance program, please contact us today.

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