Your roof is your commercial building's first line of defense against falling debris, the elements, and various weather conditions. Regular maintenance is often neglected until the roof presents a leak or other issue. A well-maintained roof prevents costly repairs, water leaks, structural damage, and is the key to getting the most out of your investment. Fall weather in Georgia comes with dead leaves and plant debris that can pile up, clog your gutters and cause roof leaks.
Read on to learn about some basic tips to prepare your commercial roof for fall.
- CLEAN OFF DEBRIS AND PONDING WATER
One of the best things you can do to prepare your roof for fall is to clean off debris that summer storms may have left behind. Leaves and other natural debris piles retain moisture, become heavy and over time compromise the structural integrity of your roofing membrane. Even a small pile of debris can potentially rot or mold, damaging the roofing material beneath it.
Ponding or standing water (water that does not evaporate within 72 hours) is often a sign that your roof may be sagging in some spots, a professional assessment of potential sagging areas will save on costly repairs in the future.
- CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS
It is very important to clean your gutters and downspouts before the fall as summer storms may have driven leaves, pine straw, small branches, and other debris into the gutter system. Gutters help remove water from your roof and divert it away from your building's foundation. Clogged or overflowing gutters can damage your building and roofing membrane. The additional weight from a clog can also cause your gutters to pull away from your building, compromising the structural integrity of your roof and gutter system.
- INSPECT THE INSIDE OF THE BUILDING
While doing a walkthrough of your commercial building, notate wall discoloration, spots on the ceiling, or water dripping from the ceiling and address them with your local commercial roofer.
- GET AN INSPECTION
Once your roof membrane and gutters are free of debris, perform a visual inspection of your roof to determine if there are any punctures, deterioration, or dark spots. Be sure to check the sealant and pay close attention to the areas of your roof that are more prone to leaks, such as the HVAC units, vents, and corners. Regular visual inspections can help you catch small leaks or issues early which saves you time and money in the long run, but one of the most important things you can do for your roof is to get a professional inspection. Our team of professionals will thoroughly go over the details of your roof, look for damage, and can offer repair solutions to keep your roof functioning at its best.
Spending a few hours on roof maintenance every fall can significantly extend the life of your investment. If you need help getting your roof ready for fall, contact All Roof Solutions Commercial today, we have the knowledge, expertise, and necessary tools to keep your roof in tip-top shape year-round.