A major reason that so many property owners choose metal for their roofing systems is that metal has a long life. That does not mean that metal roofs do not need maintenance. They can be just as susceptible to damage from the elements as other types of roofs are.
One of the most important and significant aspects of your commercial property is the roof. Extend its life by getting regular maintenance done by qualified roofing contractors. Proper and preventative maintenance extends the life of the roof, eliminates expensive repairs, and ends up saving you money in the long run.
Water drainage must be correct for the roof so that it will be free of leaks. Keep the gutters, downspouts and drains clear by having them inspected and cleaned of clogs and blockages regularly. This will ensure that any rainwater that makes contact with the roof will flow away from it properly. If any of the drain pipes break or have leaks, the condensation from them can be a constant source of moisture and can infiltrate the inside of the building and the HVAC equipment there. This can lead to costly repairs.
As the roof nears the end of its lifespan it is very important to have a maintenance plan. Routine inspections by an experienced commercial metal roofing contractor will identify potential problems as well as solutions like special coatings that can extend the roof’s lie. Without a professional inspection of the roof, it can deteriorate to such a degree that these options cannot be used.
If you do not implement a solid maintenance plan for your roof it could also develop leaks. Once this happens to a metal roof the leaks can lead to deteriorating the coating and if the coating gets damaged you probably will not notice it until there are leaks inside the property. That would leave you with a bigger and much more expensive problem. An inspector can check all areas for leaks like the seams, flashing, vents, fasteners, skylights, and ridge caps. They can also check any other penetrations that go through your roof’s surface.
What do you do if your metal roof shows signs of leaks or rust? Thankfully, you will not have to replace the entire roof or reinstall a new one. You can get them fixed for an affordable price by using the help of a qualified, licensed commercial roof contractor. Make sure to choose the best company for the repairs so that you lessen the chance of experiencing future problems.
The penetrations and roof flashings for HVAC ducting as well as plumbing vents should be looked at regularly. The products used to put flashings and seals in place can also wear out. Have them inspected regularly by a roofing contractor and get those problems tackled before they become worse or develop into bigger leaks.
Other areas that the contractor should inspect include the high-volume traffic areas like hatches. Power vents, HVAC units, and any communication equipment also need to be inspected regularly. They must also be monitored carefully as any maintenance to the roof could accidentally cause damage to these sensitive pieces of important equipment.
One other issue that metal roofs commonly have is the lift-up of overlapping edges. As the roof is nailed to trusses, the trusses can sometimes become weakened by water or wind and start to rust. The solution to these is to have regular inspections done at regular intervals.
With the help of a metal roof contractor, your commercial roof can remain in excellent shape and last through to and beyond its expected lifespan. Use this information to help you plan maintenance for your metal commercial roof.
Taurus Elite Commercial Roof Systems, 512-332-4422, provides commercial roofing services to Austin, Texas and the surrounding area, including Leander. This includes commercial metal roof repair, commercial metal roof restoration, commercial metal roof replacement and commercial metal roof installation. We have been providing professional commercial roofing services to the area for over 20 years.