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The Basics Of Commercial Roof Maintenance

Your commercial roof is one of the most important features of your property, both from an aesthetic standpoint and from a financial perspective – commercial roofs must be inspected regularly, which can save you money by catching problems before they require expensive repairs.


Maintaining your commercial roof doesn’t have to be difficult – follow these basic tips to make sure your commercial roof stays in good shape for as long as possible without having to be repaired or replaced.


Here at Orange Elephant, we provide the highest quality roofing services in South Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and Illinois through our top-notch team of contractors and by using the most durable roofing materials. However, in order to truly make your commercial roof last, you have to follow these simple tips so that your commercial roof lasts for a lifetime.


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1. Avoid Extra Pressure On Your Roof


Although your commercial roof is designed to be sturdy, it has its limitations. Reduce the load on your roof to keep it in good shape. Keep people off the roof unless absolutely necessary, and limit how much you walk on it to reduce the weight it must support.


Another important factor when it comes to maintaining your commercial roof is to prune the trees near your roof regularly. If an extreme storm were to occur with heavy winds, you could end up with a ton of leaves or giant branches on your roof that can weigh it down immensely.


Lastly, when it comes to avoiding extra pressure on your roof, you should clear any snow on your roof as soon as possible, as snow also can get really heavy and weigh your roof down.


2. Keep Your Commercial Roof Clean


Flat commercial roofs are especially susceptible to accumulating debris and dirt. Piles of natural debris like twigs and leaves can trap moisture and encourage mold growth. Mold and decay can deteriorate your roof and weaken its structure.


Leaves on your roof can especially cause problems when ignored for too long. They can accumulate where the roof drains away, blocking the commercial gutters (scuppers) and cause build up on the roof, which can weigh it down and lead to further damage.


Keeping your roof clean can help avoid a buildup of debris that can lead to clogs, algae or mold growth. Any of these issues can lessen the life of your roof. Having regular cleanings and making sure all equipment is clear of debris will protect your commercial investment for the long haul.


3. Get Your Roof Inspected Regularly


By now you know that making repairs and taking the steps to prevent problems is crucial to maintaining your commercial roof. But how will you know if there is a potential problem if you’re not up there all the time?


This is where regular, professional inspections come in handy. A trained professional, like us here at Orange Elephant knows exactly what to look for and what those pain points might be.


We can give you an accurate description of how your roof is looking and help you devise a plan for any potential problems that are found.


A yearly inspection would be a good idea to be able to catch issues quickly. If you are in need of an inspection for your commercial roof, please contact us here. We are always happy to help.


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