Managing and maintaining a commercial roof

Managing and maintaining a commercial roofManaging and maintaining a commercial roof can be a challenge for business owners. When investing in a new roof for any commercial, agricultural or storage building, it is important to consider the ease of maintenance as well as cost, functionality, and appearance. High quality and new commercial roofing can be expected to last for over 30 years. With proper maintenance and management from day one, your roof will cost you less to keep in good condition and continue to function for much longer. The key to caring for your commercial roof is having a proactive strategy. A proactive approach would be taking the initiative to carry out regular inspections and investing in preventative maintenance. Those without a proactive strategy will wait until a problem arises to react, often leading to more permanent damages, higher spending and more disruption to everyday operations.

An ideal maintenance schedule will include biannual inspections by a licensed roofing contractor. In Colorado, these should be scheduled in October and April. Then you can evaluate any damages caused by summer storms or winter snow, make repairs and prepare your roof adequately for the next season. A qualified expert can evaluate thermal damage and moisture levels using specialized instruments. They will usually carry out a thorough cleaning of any moss, lichen or mold growing and ensure seals are intact. In addition to hiring a professional contractor to make inspections, informed building managers and business owners can often spot the first signs of trouble themselves. 

Following a storm or period of bad weather, you can carry out a brief visual inspection to identify any problems caused. Remember, hail, snow and heavy rains are not necessary to cause serious damage. Strong winds alone can take their toll on your commercial roof. To carry out an amateur inspection, start by walking the perimeter of the building and searching for any fallen tiles or debris. Inspect the gutters for a build-up of leaves and other materials. If possible, check the surface of the roof for superficial damage, fallen branches or evidence of animals. Inside the building, check for water stains, moisture build-up in your insulation or any evident weak points or breakage of seams. Learning to identify damage yourself can minimize the extent of problems and goes a long way in minimizing the cost of managing and maintaining a commercial roof.

When maintaining any roof, it is important to understand the warranties that apply to the roofing products and professional repairs or replacements. Many warranties have strict terms and conditions that require proof of maintenance. Keeping regular records of the maintenance carried out on your commercial roof will make life much easier in the event of a warranty or insurance claim.  An organized building manager will have a clear emergency plan to execute in case of fire, flood or natural disaster. To have the best chances of a successful insurance claim following damages, the building manager needs to get a professional and independent evaluation carried out. GreenPoint Roofing provides a full range of roof inspection, repair and maintenance services. We also negotiate on behalf of our clients when they need to make an insurance claim. For full support in managing and maintaining a commercial roof, you can contact our team. 

How can I tell if my roof has hail damage

How can I tell if my roof has hail damageAs a homeowner, it is important to keep up with maintenance on your house. However, it can be particularly challenging for ordinary people to tell if their roof has hail damage. After major storms or bouts of bad weather, it is usually quite obvious if your roof has suffered serious damage from the wind, rain, and falling debris. You may notice broken tiles, fallen branches on your roof or visible water damage on your ceiling. Hail damage, on the other hand, is not easily identifiable and usually requires the trained eye of a professional to analyze correctly. Although you may not notice any detrimental effects immediately after a hail storm, the damage done to your roof will show itself eventually, through the gradual weakening of the seal made between the interior and exterior of your home. 

Although it is recommended to hire a professional roof contractor to carry out a formal inspection for hail damage, it is useful for a homeowner to be able to spot the tell-tale signs themselves. Different materials will present different signs of damage. If you spot any of the evidence mentioned below, you should contact an experienced roofer to carry out an analysis without delay. If you think, there is a chance your roof has suffered hail damage you should also contact your insurance company as soon as possible for the best chances of getting compensation. An extended lapse in time between the actual hail storm and report of the damage can be enough for some companies to deny your claim.

To tell if your roof has hail damage, firstly look at the gutters and any vents or flashing made from soft metal. The impact of hail often can be most easily seen by dents made in sheet metal. The ridge-cap of your roof offers a flat surface and may be the best location to get a clear view of dents made. The size of these dents can indicate the size of the hailstones. Another basic indication of the presence of hail is burnished marks left on metal, wood or other surfaces. These occur when the impact of the hailstone removes a layer of dirt, fungus or oxidation. Again these marks can be a good indicator of the size of the individual hailstones and the direction in which they fell.

Depending on the type of slates of shingles you have, you can see distinctly different signs of damage. Composition shingles will often present dimples or shallow dents. If you press these gently with a finger and meet you with little resistance from the material below, this shows signs of advanced deterioration. Asphalt shingles hit by hail will lose the top coating of granules, leaving the under surface exposed to the elements and more likely to eventual breakdown. As asphalt ages, it dries out and becomes more brittle. Large hailstones can cause asphalt shingles to crack, especially in older roofs. The cracks caused by hail impact are often in a circle or spiderweb shape. 

These are the very basic ways of telling if your roof has hail damage. If you notice any of these signs and want to proceed with an insurance claim, the next step is to hire a roofing contractor such as GreenPoint Roofing to carry out a thorough inspection. We will document any evidence of damage using a roof plan and the required sample area analysis. You will have the best chances of success with your insurance company and compensation for the damage found.