For any business owner, the seasons are an important thing to consider for business operations. Whether it’s your heating bill or the willingness of customers to visit your location in the winter, or your air conditioning bill and the popularity of your service during the summer, all businesses are seasonal to some extent. The winter months might make you consider the structural integrity of your building, and the effects that cold temperature, snow, and rain might have on your building. However, during the next season in spring, you might not consider these structural issues so diligently or effectively.
In reality, you should always consider the upkeep and maintenance of your building’s structure and structural integrity. And your commercial roof is almost always one of the most important parts of that structure. It takes the most beating of any part of your building, whether its sun rays during hot summer months or sub-freezing temperatures and relentless snow during the winter months. And while it undergoes the most stress, it’s also one of the most critical parts of a sealed and structurally secure building, meaning any potential issue could be crucial. These commercial roof issues could be anything from simply losing money and energy every month due to lost heat and/or AC, to having a leak that drips water on unsuspecting customers, to a truly structurally insecure roof that is a safety hazard for all inside. Whatever your potential issue might be, preparing and maintaining your commercial roof is an important task for all seasons. Consider these five tips to prepare your commercial roof for the summer months ahead, and how S & S Roofing in New Jersey could help you.
If you can safely access your roof, the first thing you should do for your commercial roof to prepare for spring is to clear the debris that has accumulated. Whether it’s leaves, trash, or a variety of other pieces of debris, the winter months and storms can kick up a lot of stuff that will remain on your roof until it is dealt with, which can damage or limit the effectiveness of certain sealants over time. If you can clear the debris safely, you should, although if there is any concern of safety, like for a larger tree branch that has landed on the roof, you should leave it to the professionals like the team at S & S Roofing.
Check for Animal Signs
If you can safely access your commercial roof, you should check for signs of animals. Whether it’s a full-on nest full of baby chicks, or paw prints from an adventurous raccoon, animals who can reach higher places will undoubtedly find your commercial roof as a good place to live/scavenge, especially in the spring when animals are looking for a home after the cold winter months. Take any prints you see or nests you find and make sure to deal with them safely. Animal nests and animal presence could result in chewing, gnawing, burrowing, and excrement droppings on your roof, which could lead to further damage in the future. And for any nests you find, take precaution as any animal can get aggressive when protecting their nest and their young.
Check for Pooling Water
If you can safely access your commercial roof, you should scan the whole surface for any pooling water after a spring shower. If your roof is effectively slanted, you probably won’t have this problem but it’s quite common for commercial roofs to be flat. Without a functioning or properly installed drainage system, water can pool on your roof in these flat areas. This can create a variety of issues on your roof, from unrelenting water damage in a specific area that can weaken the structural integrity of your roof to adding an unsustainable amount of water weight on your roof and risk collapse.
Check for Deterioration
After the winter months, spring brings with it warmer weather, spring showers, and budding of a variety of greenery. But another factor that comes with spring is seeing the effects that harsh winter weather had on things. As well made as your roof might be, it was exposed to a lot of elements and temperatures over the winter months, which can easily cause deterioration and damage. During the winter, your masonry and metal are exposed to moisture from rain and snow. This moisture gets in all the little cracks and crevices, and when it freezes during the cold nights, it expands and can cause severe damage to your metal roof and or masonry holding it up.
Get a Professional Inspection
As much as you can follow these tips to prepare your commercial roof for the spring, nothing really compares to the value of a professional inspection. A team of professional commercial roofing specialists have the experience and skill to not only provide a good inspection of your roof but also the eye to catch potential issues that you might have never even thought of. And with a trusted team of roofing professionals like the team at S & S Roofing in New Jersey, you can be assured that you are receiving the best level of service, inspection, and advice.
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As you can see, preparing your commercial roof for the spring is different from other seasons, but still no easy task. Regardless of your commercial roof style or the season, your business can always benefit from the inspection, service, and consultation of a professional commercial roofing contractor like S & S Roofing in New Jersey. Give us a call today and see how our team can provide our services to you.