Like most homeowners, entrepreneurs often don’t pay attention to their roofs until something goes wrong, and it doesn’t help that a faulty roof can have serious impact on your bottom line. Leaks can damage your office equipment, ruin your merchandise, and encourage mold growth which can endanger your employees’ health. In worst case scenarios, your roof might even collapse and injure your patrons– the source of your livelihood. Fortunately, an article from Building.com reminds business owners that proactive prevention not only protects your business but saves you money as well: Owners and facility managers who react to problems as they occur, pay an average of 25¢ per square foot annually for maintenance. Owners and facility managers who inspect and repair routinely (proactively) – before problems happen – spend an average of only 14¢ per square foot annually. Plus, proactively maintained roofs last an average of 21 years compared to an average lifespan of 13 years for reactive maintenance. The longer you can extend your roof’s life before replacement, the more your overall savings increase and your life cycle costs decrease.
What can you do to extend the life of your business’ roofing? It all starts with making sure that your roof is clear of debris since they absorb water and promote deterioration. Pay special attention to HVAC units, skylights, pipes, and other equipment on the roof where debris often accumulates; also check that the drain holes aren’t blocked by pouring water into them.
You should also make it a habit to survey your roof for problems like holes and cracks, especially after inclement weather passes through. To be safe, consider hiring roofing companies in Columbia, SC to perform a professional inspection of your building’s roof.
Unlike residential roofs, commercial roofs are flat and have a harder time shedding water or snow. Be wary when water pools on your roof as it can ruin your roof deck and make it more prone to leaks; furthermore, too much water on your roof may cause it to cave in. Also be wary of bubbles and gaps in the flashing for they may cause the protective roof cover to fail. If you encounter these problems, don’t hesitate to contact Columbia or Charleston, SC roofing companies to have your roof repaired.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Commercial Roof Maintenance: A Proactive Approach, Building.com, 20 April 2012)