The roof can be considered one of the biggest financial investments in a commercial property; but, it is able to become one of the most overlooked elements of any building. A properly-maintained roof is the primary line of defense against severe weather or structural damage. regular monitoring and maintenance through property managers is essential.
Roofing troubles, if not addressed early, will cause major headaches for property managers who oversee the daily operations of a building. Ignoring the warning signs of roof wear and tear can also result in the need for a full roof replacement—a expensive and stressful undertaking.
As property managers, it is your responsibility to maintain and secure a property, developing the best possible experience for tenants. Roof maintenance is an important, however frequently overlooked, part of building upkeep. These four suggestions can help you detect roof problems before damage becomes serious or, better yet, prevent damage from happening in the first place.
- Make sure your roof is draining properly. Many properties are surrounded by trees or other greenery. Debris can easily build up and block the roof’s drainage system, causing strain on the structure of the roof. While roofs are designed as a protective shield against water and other elements, a blockage met with heavy rain or snow can transform your roof into an ad hoc swimming pool—and, that’s not the type of “rooftop amenity” residents or tenants will enjoy. Regularly clean gutters and drains, in addition to valleys, pipes and skylights, to prevent damage.
- Be aware of who’s on your roof at all times and check out it after mechanical repairs. The roof is usually home to numerous mechanical system, which includes HVAC technology, that frequently needs maintenance or service. at the time of service, the roof is normally treated with the same harshness as a concrete floor. Dropped gear or the sheer weight of repair equipment can cause roof damage, and this damage can lead to immediate leaks or punctures. In fact, forty percent of all roof troubles arise due to human mistakes. detect these issues immediately, and you’ll avoid more serious problems later.
- Understand how resident turnover can affect your roof. Particularly in retail areas, property managers deal with some degree of turnover in tenants and use of space. Frequently, tenants make additions or improvements to building equipment, adding different levels of penetration to the roof in the process. Ensure all seams and joints are secure and that sealants and flashings are intact. Encourage tenants to bring damage or leaks to your attention at once, regardless of where or why these problems occur. If a property is not managed and finished work is not adequately sealed, this can cause severe structural damage. It’s better to know now than later.
- Finally, consider your location and climate.
Wear and tear concerns range according to weather, and property managers should revise their maintenance plans accordingly. For instance, in the South, thunderstorms can roll in and create temperature drops of 30 degrees in a matter of minutes. Heavy rain and humidity creates a breeding ground for mold. sun damage can shorten the life of sealants and other roof products. Wind, rain and snow can cause leaks or other structural damage. finally, local wildlife from squirrels and raccoons to termites and birds can use entry holes and take up residence in your building. each new season brings unique challenges, so make sure you’ve got a specialized maintenance plan in place every day of the year.
In general, understanding the age and condition of a roof can help you measure the urgency of roof maintenance and gauge impending problems. however, arming yourself with these four roof maintenance suggestions can help you extend the life of a commercial roof and prevent minor issues from becoming major complications for both you and your tenants.