Three Ways to Extend the Life of Your Commercial Roof

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As a business owner, keeping your profits high has a lot to do with your ability to keep your costs low. You can work toward this goal by increasing the lifespan of your commercial roof. The longer the roof lasts, the less money you will likely have to spend. Make sure you know how to increase the lifespan of your roof.

Keep the Roof Clean

Work hard to keep the roof clean. Leaves, dust, dirt, and other debris can collect on the roof. In excess, this raises a number of concerns. First, debris can attract pests. Certain animals find a debris collection of something such as leaves to be an ideal spot for a nest.

Pests can eat away at the wiring and other materials on the roof, causing substantial damage. Secondly, excessive debris collection raises the risk of clogging the gutters. When debris rests in the gutters, water can't properly flow off and away from the roof. This ultimately causes it to pool and increases the likelihood of a roof leak.

Repair Issues Promptly

In some cases, roof damage is inevitable. However, you play the most important role when it comes to determining how significant the damage is. The most important thing to remember about roof damage is that it is often progressive. 

Consider a small hole in the seam of the roof, for example. Over time, moisture will seep into the small entry and loosen up the surrounding roofing materials, which will cause the hole to expand. Eliminating this issue involves repairing the small hole right away. Always make it a point to repair any damage promptly.

Perform Gutter Inspections

It's also important to perform gutter inspections. Pooling water isn't just the quickest path to roof damage; it's also a path to damage in the internal spaces of your building. When your gutters aren't functioning efficiently, water won't properly drain away. Consider inspecting the gutters at least once every season.

When checking the gutters, it's important not only to look for debris collection but also to ensure that the gutters aren't showing any signs of wear, such as punctures, bends, or other physical damage. This type of physical damage can also prevent proper water flow and lead to pooling.

Make sure you are working to protect your roof. If you have an in-house facilities manager, they should be able to easily perform some of these steps for you. However, if you don't, a commercial roofing professional such as Danny Odom & Son Roofing can also help.

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