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As the owner of a commercial building, you understand that there are many similarities between a building and residential home. However, there are also several differences to know how to manage and one of those key differences is in the roofing system. Commercial roofs are typically flat, very large to cover the property, and house heavy equipment. These same roofs protect valuable equipment, merchandise, employees, tenants, customers, and more.

There are so many reasons to ensure your commercial work is in working order. As the property manager or building owner, you can perform small tasks or examine specific areas to help protect the building. We are going to review five tips for keeping your roof in working order that does not always include a roofing expert.

5 Tips For Keeping Your Commercial Roof In Working Order

1. Watch For Water

Commercial roofs are often flat because they are a cost effective option for such a large surface. Flat roofs require special drainage systems as water does not naturally fall from the roof’s surface. When the drains are clogged, damaged, or not properly installed, water will pool on the roof and cause stress on the entire system. This can lead to leaks inside the building, wood can rot, and other significant damage to the roof, building, and contents inside.

2. Check For Mildew or Mold Growth

Nothing says water is causing issues quite like mildew or mold growth. Water that hangs around too long and becomes stale creates a perfect area for growth. Mildew and mold can cause significant damage throughout the entire roofing system. Routinely checking for growth on your commercial roof can help you spot damage before it becomes something even more. If your commercial roof houses your heating and cooling equipment, be sure to pay extra attention to those areas as they tend to produce moisture.

3. Examine Your Flashing

Flashing is often installed in areas that are vulnerable for moisture penetration such as where two walls meet, vents, skylights, and chimneys. Since these areas are sensitive, it is important to examine the flashing for damage. If you discover an issue or necessary repair need within your flashing, you will want to have it repaired as quickly as possible before water finds its way in and the damage spreads.

4. Inspect The Ventilation

Proper ventilation is essential for the roofing system to work as it should, no matter the material it is made of. However, similar to the flashing, if the vent is damaged, it offers an opportunity for moisture to find its way inside. Vents are also a place where critters like to hide and create nests. Either way, a vent that is damaged or disrupted in any way can be detrimental to your roofing system and commercial building. If you discover a vent that needs attention, we recommend replacing it or having it repaired immediately.

5. Check On The Actual Roof

If you can safely walk on your roof, check on the material for any signs of damage. Pieces that are peeling, missing sections of roofing materials, or holes can be a sign that there is something wrong. Regardless of the damage done, you will want it repaired immediately. When left untouched, missing or damaged materials can leave the rest of the roofing system susceptible to further damage. Contact your local roofing contract if you are concerned about your commercial roof.

Work With An East Valley Professional

Keeping a commercial building in operating order is not easy, but it is essential to protect the contents inside. While you may not know a lot about the roofing system, examining it for signs of damage can help save you from even more detrimental damage. If you are concerned about your roof or discover damage while examining it, contact your local roofer immediately.

Craven Construction is your experienced East Valley commercial roofing professional. Our team has nearly two decades experience with commercial roof installation, repair, and maintenance. We offer FREE estimates for all customers and are available to inspect your roof soon! Contact our office to speak to our commercial roofing expert and schedule your estimate today.

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About Craven Construction

Craven Construction is dedicated to providing our customers with honest and reliable roofing services. With over 19 years of residential and commercial experience, we are here to serve you and all of your roofing needs.

Our team of experienced roofers is licensed and knowledgeable in working with all types of roofing. We offer high quality roofing services and are capable of getting your project completed in a timely, efficient manner.