Basic Roof Safety for Business Owners
April 23, 2015
Keeping a building’s roof in good condition is an important part of any homeowner’s maintenance schedule. Of course, keeping roofs in good repair is crucial for business owners as well, as a faulty roof can cause the building to close for several days or weeks due to safety hazards, costing a business thousands of dollars. Fortunately, many roofers specialize in commercial roofing repairs, so they can help businesses recover from harsh winters with little to no damage.
While not a problem with the roof itself, blocked drains can become a severe issue later on, if left untreated. Blocked drains make water removal difficult, if not impossible, and can cause water to pool on the roof. This can cause bigger problems down the road. It is important to check flat roof drains frequently to make sure they are draining properly. While this may be more difficult in the winter, it is especially important at that time. Be sure to check your flat roof drainage for twigs, leaves, sticks, and other blocks at least once a month.
Pitch pockets and flashing, which protect the pipes that run through the roof, can become damaged due to changes in temperature or dislodge during a storm. If either of these roofing components are damaged or moved, water can leak through the pipelines or by damaged joints and seams. Re-sealing pitch pockets and flashing is one of the most common commercial roofing repairs, so it should not be difficult to find a contractor to fix this problem.
One of the biggest threats to a roof’s water-resistance is poor installation. A roof that was installed improperly is likely to be vulnerable to leaks in many different areas. If you suspect that the roof on your building was not properly installed, it is best to spend your summer re-roofing the structure. Putting a new roof on a building can be time-consuming, but no more than making constant repairs to an unsafe roof.
By remaining vigilant about the condition of your roof and making timely repairs when necessary, you are sure to protect your business from the tragedy of water damage while protecting your customers from an unsafe building. More like this article.