6 Commercial Roof Maintenance Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Did you know that it is estimated that employers pay $1 billion every week for Worker’s Compensation claims?

When it comes to the safety of everyone in your workplace and on your property, you may be thinking of everything inside of the building. And because of that, you ensure all safety codes are met.

However, one of the most important things that keep people safe is on the outside. It is the roof. That is why having a regular roof inspection is so important to the safety of everyone.

You also want to avoid these commercial roof maintenance mistakes. Read on to learn what not to do and what you should do instead.

1. Not Having Regular Maintenance

Although commercial roofs have a long life span of up to 30 years, that does not mean that they are going to last if you do not take proper care of them. One of the most important things you can do to take care of your commercial roof is having a regular roof maintenance routine.

Having this routine will help ensure that you notice anything that goes wrong before it becomes a bigger problem. For instance, if you have a minor leak and don’t notice it, it will become a major leak. However, if you have regular roof maintenance and notice a minor leak, it will be fixed before it ever becomes a larger issue.

This is also beneficial because it will decrease the number of inconveniences that you have due to maintenance.

If you notice something that is off about your roof, even if it is not fully an issue yet, it is important to fix it. If there is something wrong, ignoring it will only make it worse. And if it is not an issue yet, it will more than likely become one.

2. Not Hiring Professionals

Having a commercial roof that is up to code is extremely important. A commercial roof needs to ensure the safety of everyone under it and around it, or otherwise, it is a liability. That is why doing it right the first time is so important.

Trying to do it yourself is most likely going to result in some mistakes. Unless you are a roofing contractor, you may not know what you are doing. You also need to ensure that you are staying up to code for the health and safety of all of our customers. If you don’t, you could be in a lot of trouble.

To ensure that you are doing it properly, it is important to hire a professional for your commercial roofing needs. It is also important that all maintenance and inspections are done by a professional as well.

3. Reusing Materials

While reusing materials may seem like a great idea, you don’t want to cut corners when it comes to the health and safety of the people you will be serving. This means that trying to salvage old materials can often lead to mistakes, and dangerous ones at that.

If you try to reuse materials, you will more than likely have more issues than if you choose to use new materials. It is not worth cutting corners.

4. Not Protecting From Water Properly

While using improper commercial roofing materials may lead to leaks and water damage, not applying a moisture barrier will also harm your roof. This is because you are not properly protecting it from water.

This will lead to roof decay over time. The roofing materials will crack, moisture will seep through them, and multiple develop.

When taking care of a commercial roof, it is important to have a moisture barrier that works.

5. Hiring Unlicensed Contractors

When it comes time for you to hire a professional, you need to make sure that you are hiring reliable and trustworthy contractors. The last thing that you want to do is higher a poor unlicensed contractor.

While you may think you are saving money, it will most likely end up costing you more. You want to hire someone who knows what they are doing.

If you hire someone that does not have the right licenses, you can also get in trouble. You do not want to face legal liabilities because of this mistake. Spending time researching reliable contractors is a must.

6. Masking Issues

If you find an issue with your roof, you will want to fix this issue right away.

While masking issues may seem like the easy route to go, it is only going to get worse and cause more issues down the road. This will also cause you more issues as it will be more expensive. It may even be more dangerous to anyone around the roof if you wait.

That is because if you wait, other portions of your roof may start to have issues. Your roof is an entire entity. That means if one part fails, all of it can easily fail.

Masking issues can make that issue even worse as well as dangerous.

Commercial Roof Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid

If you own a commercial property, it is important to take care of it. Part of taking care of it is dealing with roof maintenance. As an owner of the property, they are common commercial roof maintenance mistakes that you want to avoid.

By avoiding these, you will make your life easier as well as your building safer.

After reading this, if you realize that you were due for an inspection, it is time to get one. You can request a quote from us at Allied Xteriors here.

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