Detect Problems In Your Commercial Roof Before It's Too Late

by Grace Motley

If you own the building that currently houses your business, then you not only have to concern yourself with the day-to-day operations of the business, but also with the overall maintenance of your building. Because the roof is what will protect your building from natural disasters, it's always exposed to the elements. In order for your roof to do its job, it must be properly maintained and repaired as necessary. Here are some ways you can stay on top of your roof's maintenance, so that you're able to detect problems before its too late.

Identifying Problems 

If you just purchased the building and feel it was not maintained properly, or if you have not been maintaining the roof as you should, you are going to need to identify potential problems that you may have.

You can start by looking for serious problems directly inside the building. You'll want to inspect the ceilings of your building for water stains. A small stain may seem like a small problem to you, but it could be a warning sign to some big problems. If you find that you have mold or an odor inside your building, this could be a sign that you have a leak in your roof. 

If it's easy enough for you to access your roof, you may be able to inspect the outside of the roof on your own. However, if you don't know what you're looking for, it's best to leave that job up to a professional in commercial roofing.

Depending on how easy it is to access your roof and the slope, you may be able to begin the inspection of your commercial roof by yourself. However, many times it is best to hire a contractor to ensure the roof is inspected properly.

Other Preventative Measures

There are a few other preventative measures you can take to keep up on the maintenance of your roof, like the following:

  • Clear out debris from gutters and drains. This may need to be done a few times a year, especially during the Autumn season. 
  • Commercial roofs have openings built into them that allow the water to drain off. Be sure to check for any debris blocking the opening. 
  • You need to have the corner flashing inspected on a regular basis, as leaks are usually caused by detached flashing. 

Your professional roofing contractor can advise you on when you may be looking at serious repair or even replacement of your commercial roofing.