As a commercial business, taking care of your roof is an important part of being a business owner! The International Building Code (IBC), which sets safety standards for commercial building, requires that roofs “serve to protect the building.”
This includes inspections, maintenance and repair. Not to mention properly protecting the building to IBC code means a smart design, high-quality materials and an appropriate installation. A great roof won’t function to protect anything if it was installed poorly the first time.
A smart business owner is a vigilant one, identifying and fixing problems before they get any bigger (or any costlier). However, there’s also a couple big mistakes business owners fumble over when it comes to commercial roof maintenance.
Keeping track of problems might be difficult depending on your roof access and slope. Since commercial buildings don’t keep with traditional building slopes, it’s possible you can’t see all of the roof by simply walking around the building. Depending on your commercial roof, you might have to call for a professional inspection.
It sounds like extra money but having someone who can safely inspect the nooks and crannies of your roof twice a year (at least) will help you keep overall cost of repairs down.
Where Most People Forget To Look
Does your commercial roof have a lightning protection system or other hardware located on the roof? Even a responsible business owner might remember to inspect their roof and forget to inspect roof appliances. If a piece of equipment on the roof is malfunctioning or leaking, it could be causing roof damage over time. Skylights, air conditioning units, satellite dishes and lightning protection systems should be checked for damage and secured.
If you’re not sure what to look for during an inspection, or worried about the slope of your commercial roof, it’s always easier to call in the experts. Don’t try to navigate a tricky slope by yourself – that’s what professionals are for! At Earnest Roofing, we provide our customers with the highest level of service and workmanship in the Texas Hill-Country. Don’t hesitate to give us a call for your commercial roofing questions or an inspection at (830)896-ROOF.