Statistics show that roofs receiving regular inspections and preventative maintenance last up to 30% longer than those that don’t. When you consider the size of your roofing investment, extending that lifespan is clearly good business sense.
Part of good preventative maintenance is making repairs when they are needed. There is a tendency to put off repairs as long as possible. That is not a good idea. No damage repairs itself. As damage is left unattended, it increases, resulting in higher costs and decreased protection for your building and your business.
Scheduled Inspections & Maintenance – The Perfect Combination
Ideally, your commercial roof should be inspected a minimum of twice per year; once in the Spring and again the Autumn. These inspections are to look for damage caused by the recent seasonal weather extremes and to ensure you are protected for the upcoming weather conditions.
Any items noted with damage or a deficiency should be addressed immediately. Repairs that are promptly addressed have no opportunity to cause additional damage in the future.
Additional preventative maintenance steps should also be taken. Cleaning the roof, ensuring it is free of debris will make it perform more efficiently. Clearing gutters and drains will keep your commercial flat roof from developing ponding water issues, ice damming and other drainage related issues.
This is the time to address any loosening seams, rust development in a metal roofing system, or hail caused divots in your foam system.
Preparation is key to weathering the wind and snow of winter and the blistering heat of summer in the best manner possible.
In addition to your seasonal inspections, there are other times an inspection with repair or maintenance services may be needed.
Weather Related. When an extreme weather event occurs like a significant hailstorm, high winds, or even a tornado, you should have an inspection conducted.
Again, you are looking for damage that needs to be addressed immediately, as well as any maintenance issues that should be watched closely.
Equally importantly, your insurance has a limited timespan for you to file a roof insurance claim. By having your roof inspected right away, you provide yourself the opportunity to ensure any warranted claim is filed, approved, and the remedy applied before the next weather event occurs.
If there is no weather related damage, the inspection report will show your due diligence and provide a timeline for when the roof was last identified as being in prime condition. When a future event occurs, this documentation will be key to getting a claim approved quickly.
Sale/Purchase. If you are considering selling your commercial building or looking to purchase a new building, a professional commercial inspection is 100% warranted. Identifying any deficiencies, and the repairs that may be required will factor into an appropriate price decision.
For more information about Glick Roofing Systems repairs, inspections or maintenance programs, please call us today at 615-265-0598 and speak with one of our specialists.