Like any other infrastructure, commercial roofs need protection from nature, even more so during the rainy season. Preparation for the rainy season is better and more cost-effective than tending to damages caused by the water after the storms. Maintenance regularly keeps you updated on the condition of your commercial roof and gives you much-needed alerts in case you require any repairs. So what exactly are you looking for? We have provided a list of tips to gain more for the money that you invested in your property.
1. Inspect and Check For Damage
Rain or no rain, make sure you check your rooftop regularly for any signs of aging, sagging, or damages. Regular checkups can save you from a lot of trouble during the rainy season. In the case of any cracks or deep cavities in the roof, make a note of it. Having a checklist when inspections occur can come in handy for reviews and the records. Aside from holes and dents, you must be on the lookout for potential rusty stains. This can be a sign that your metal is corroding and needs to be repaired.
The person in charge of these regular checks must know what they are looking for; if they don’t, you can always hire a professional to inspect for you.
2. Clean the Roof
Regardless of what time of the year it may be, cleaning your commercial roof should be a regular practice. Just as the rest of the building needs cleaning, your roof does too. Due to the wind, your roof accumulates dirt and debris on the surface, in corners, and in the drains. As rainwater escapes, it will be met with debris causing it to clog the drains. In the future, this can lead to potential leaks in the building.
3. Check the Pipes And Clean the Gutters
Once you are done cleaning the roof, make sure the water gathered on the rooftop has a way to escape. This happens through the pipes, eventually reaching the gutters and downspouts. As an owner of a commercial business, you must have a system that thoroughly checks the pipes and gutters for any blockage before the rainy season arrives. There is little to no way for the water to escape on flat commercial rooftops in case of blocked water passages. This eventually causes a pool of water to form on the roof damaging the exterior, and later this water seeps in and damages the interior.
To avoid any erosion, mold, or leaks, before the rainy season arrives, make sure your water passages are clean and free of debris.
4. Waterproof Your Roof
Your roof is your shield, protecting you from harsh nature and providing you with shelter from the elements; therefore, keeping it in good shape is essential. A well-conditioned roof for rainy seasons must be coated with waterproof paint. A properly applied waterproof paint will stop moisture from crawling in through the walls and avoid those ugly interior walls and ceiling stains. If your geographic climate is in an excessively rainy area, make sure your roof is well insulated. Most commercial buildings will be properly insulated during construction but steps can be taken to upgrade your insulation in existing commercial buildings. Also, take care to make sure your rooftop seams are covered with seam tape, and your gutters are covered with heat tape. If the paint on your roof is chipping off, you must get a generous coat of waterproof paint on the roof surface to minimize the possibility of interior leaks.
5. Vents Well Protected
Vents on rooftops are protected through deflectors. These deflectors are placed over the vent’s opening so that the wind-driven moisture will not permeate the vent. You can have custom-made deflectors according to the size and color of your vents to blend with the roof ascetics. You can either get them installed in an existing facility or have them installed during the construction of your commercial roof.
6. Fill Portholes
If during an inspection, there are portholes spotted? Prepare your roof for the rainy season by filling in any damages or cracks. Portholes typically can cause damage during the wet seasons and reduce the effectiveness of both heating and air conditioning. In turn, this can mean higher utility bills for no apparent reason. Make sure your inspection is done right to avoid annoying bills and interior water damages.
7. Cut Tree Branches
Trees are usually a boon to urban dwellers, but not during thunderstorms. If your commercial building is tall and has trees around touching it or if you have leaves accumulating on the roof, then there’s an increased chance of damage. Additionally, branches and trees might potentially fall on your building, causing the need fr repairs. Cutting tree branches near your property can also keep microorganisms such as bugs away from your interior.
8. Replace the Roof
If your roof is in absolute shambles, it’s time to invest in a reinstallation. This time around, you can make sure all your rooftop arrangements are made according to the proper general requirements and standards. Adhering to expertise when replacing your roof will result in a long-term return on your investment and peace of mind especially when the thunderstorms hit.
Hire the Right Person For the Job
Commercial roof maintenance can be a hassle, especially when the realization hits later and there is too much that needs to be maintained before monsoons. Get yourself the right company for the job to prepare your roof for the rainy season.