The last thing you want to worry about as a business owner, is your roof! A commercial roof protects your business investments, so understanding how to care for it is important. Here’s a few frequently asked questions we get when it comes to a commercial roof.
Can I put a new roof on top of an old one?
In general, no. It may seem like the cheaper option but it can compromise the integrity of the new roof. If moisture has seeped into your old system, those pockets will cause damage, blistering and leaks when you put another roof on. Even if there is no obvious damage to your old roof, putting a new roof on top of an old one can result in a defective membrane.
What maintenance does a flat roof require?
Maintenance can help prolong the lifetime of your roof and save you from a costly leak. Check all membranes, sealant, caulking and flashing for wear or problems. Catching blistering or leaks early and getting it fixed will help prevent interior damage.
How does a flat roof drain water?
A roof is intended to let water runoff and away from the building safely. If a commercial roof is flat, how does it not build up water? There may be some water on a flat roof, but so long as it’s not a lot and it evaporates quickly, you’re fine. If you notice large pools of water that stay around for several days, you have a problem. Some flat roofs are slightly sloped and lead to drains to safely allow water to exit.
How often should I inspect a commercial roof?
If you notice small damage, standing water, or experience interior leaks you should call for an inspection right away to determine the extent of the problem. However, there’s a few other times you will want to check out the roof or call an expert to inspect it:
- After a big storm, when the damage is likely to have taken place
- Before a severe weather season. It’s never fun to find out you have a leak by experiencing it. Having your roof inspected before you expect a few months of rain, hail or intense sunshine will help you prevent interior damage and further roof problems.
- After a severe weather season. You checked it yourself after the storms but after a season of repeated bad weather, it’s smart to make sure everything held up.
We believe in traditional service and earning your business. That’s why our inspectors don’t just respond quickly, they make it priority to show up and inspect your roof quickly too. We feel our staff is the absolute best in the business and think you’ll feel the same way. If you h ave any questions about your commercial roof, don’t hesitate to call and ask!