Managing the maintenance and care of the roof on your business is much different than maintaining your home's roof, especially if you have a commercial flat roof. Yet, proper maintenance is a must if you don't want a leak to stop productivity or ruin your inventory. The following are some major mistakes you want to avoid when it comes to your commercial roof.
#1: Blocking the drains
Flat roofs have a system of drains. There are usually drain spouts around the perimeter. Depending on the size and style of roof, you may also have a central drain. When placing things on the roof top, such as signage or blow up advertising fixtures, make sure they are positioned so that the flow to the drains is not blocked. The drains should also be inspected for blockages monthly and cleared as needed. Blocking the drains means water builds up in the event of rainfall. The combination of the moisture and its weight can lead to a leak or even a roof collapse.
#2: Walking in the wrong areas
When you come out on the roof from the access hatch or up the access ladder, the first thing you will notice is that it has a variable surface. There are visible pathways on the roof, made from a different substance than the membrane or tar and gravel main roof. When servicing things on the roof or hanging up advertising banners, you should only walk along these pathways. Stepping onto the membrane can cause major damage. Fortunately, these paths generally go to each major rooftop appliance as well as traverse the perimeter of the roof. Staff that accesses the roof must also be trained to stay upon these paths when providing any rooftop service.
#3: Skipping bird prevention
Birds on a commercial roof is actually a major problem. Their highly acidic droppings can eat right through your roofing material, shortening its life. When you have a roof installed, opt for bird aversion extras. Most common are bird spikes, which prevent birds from nesting or roosting on top of your building. Netting and gullwire, which prevent birds from landing without trapping them on the roof, are also options that work well for larger roofs. Another simple deterrent is to check around rooftop appliances regularly for nest and have them removed, since many birds use these areas to shelter their nest and they will stop returning if they don't view it as a safe place.
For more help, talk to a commercial roofer in your area. You may want to contact a company such as A-Preferred Roofing & Contracting.