Maintaining a commercial roof can seem like a huge headache. But most flat roof maintenance boils down to a handful of essential elements adding up to a cohesive maintenance plan. At Absolute Commercial Roofing, we’ve been helping business owners keep their commercial roofs in good repair for years. Through a combination of cleaning, regular inspections, and proactive repairs, a solid flat roof maintenance regimen will extend the life of your roof. Let’s get started!
Be mindful where you walk
While commercial roofs are certainly easier to maintain your footing on than traditional residential roofs, that doesn’t mean just anyone should be walking on them. Some flat roofs can bear your weight easily. However, for other roofs this may cause damage, such as tears or cracks in the roofing membrane. Ask a roofer if your roof can safely bear foot traffic. If not, consider installing walking pads so you and other non-roofers can safely access the top of your building. Flat roof maintenance is important, but it won’t help much if you’re causing damage in the process by walking on your roof.
Keep it clean and clear of debris
One of the best things you can do for a flat roof is cleaning it regularly and removing debris. Leaves, dirt, and other built-up debris can cause myriad problems for a commercial roof. Common debris-related problems include clogged drainage systems, blocked vents, and damaged roof-mounted equipment. Scheduling regular cleanings or carefully removing debris yourself is a great way to keep your commercial roof in good shape.
Water is the main enemy of flat roofs due to their low slope. That makes drainage system maintenance integral to the health of your flat roof—and everything inside the building. Removing debris will help greatly with drainage, as mentioned above. It can also be a good idea to audit your drainage system every now and then. Are gutters and drainpipes cutting it for your building? Would an internal drainage system be more effective? If you frequently notice ponding water on your flat roof, it’s time to rethink the way your roof handles water to prevent leaks and water damage.
Schedule periodic inspections
While there’s a lot you can do for your roof yourself, having your roof inspected by an experienced commercial roofer is probably the most important element of a successful flat roof maintenance plan. Professional roofers have years of industry experience, allowing them to identify potential problems that an amateur likely wouldn’t notice until much later.
Patch up problem spots
When a roofer’s inspection turns up damage—even seemingly minor damage such as cracks or small punctures—it’s best to act quickly to solve the problem. Minor roof repairs tend not to be especially costly. However, leaving small problems unaddressed can allow them to compound into much more serious issues, necessitating (expensive) major repairs or even a roof replacement down the line. Repairing these problems quickly will help make your flat roof maintenance strategy much more effective.
Absolute Commercial Roofing: Your Flat Roof Maintenance Experts
Effective flat roof maintenance is a combination of preventative upkeep and proactive repairs. And while some roof maintenance tasks can be done by anyone, you don’t have to tackle everything alone. Our team at Absolute Roofing specializes in extending the life of commercial flat roofs through inspections, roof coatings, and repairs. With our expertise in commercial roofing, we can help develop a flat roof maintenance plan that is tailored to your needs. If you’re looking for a commercial roofing partner, look no further—contact us today!