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How To Keep Your Flat Roof Safe

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Flat roofs are very common in commercial buildings. Regular maintenance and timely repairs must be done to keep the roof in tip-top shape and ensure the occupants of the building are safe. Roof maintenance involves conducting several activities that prevent extensive damage from occurring on the roofing system in the future. Through preventative maintenance, it’s easy to detect and fix issues that could cause serious damage to the roofing system. In fact, if you want to prevent future leaks on your flat roof, preventative maintenance is a must.

What is involved in preventative maintenance?

There are several activities performed as part of preventative roof maintenance. They include:

- Inspections

- Cleaning the gutters and removing debris

- Small minor repairs

- CAD drawings

-  Reviewing the weight on the roof and what’s it’s able to withstand

Do you have a roof warranty?

Did you know that if you fail to maintain or inspect your roof according to the manufacturer’s or contractor’s guidelines, your roof warranty may be denied? Maintaining your roof well is important if you want any small repairs to be covered by the warranty given by your manufacturer or contractor. If it appears that you had neglected the roof, then you may be forced to pay for any necessary repairs.

Keep your roof safe

Regular maintenance helps to keep your roofing system safe. As a commercial building owner, safety should be your top priority. You need to take measures to keep your tenants, employees and the rest of the community safe. This means taking good care of your roofing system so that it doesn’t collapse due to excess weight or expose the occupants to internal water damage and falling debris. Roof maintenance must be professionally done Flat roofing systems are somewhat complex and should only be handled by an experienced and licensed roofer. You want to find a good contractor who can work within your budget and needs. A qualified roofer will leave you with a long-lasting product that is not vulnerable to damage. If you don’t want to continue with the same contractor who installed the roof, take time to hire the right roofing professional. When hiring a new roofing contractor, consider the following factors:

- Do they have extensive experience handling flat roofing systems?

- What other services do they provide? Can they come up with a maintenance and

inspection plan for your roof?

- Can they perform work that complies with your roof warranty?

- What is their reputation?

- Can you check for safety complaints?

When to schedule roof maintenance

Roof maintenance should be performed at least twice a year. It could be required more often depending on your roofing material. Other than the scheduled maintenance, you need to inspect your roof before and after severe weather. For instance, if you live in an area that is prone to tornadoes, thunderstorms, and hail, you need to prevent damage from the weather by having the roofing system inspected more regularly. Work with a contractor who offers emergency roof repairs if your roof is damaged during severe weather conditions.

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