If you haven’t had a roofing inspection in the past year, the best thing you can do for your commercial building is call your commercial roofer before winter. They can provide you with a complete evaluation of your roofing system and make necessary repair or perform some maintenance to help your roof protect your building no matter what kind of winter we have. If you have had one recently and know your roof is in good repair, you still should head onto the roof and do these three things.

1. Remove Debris

If you have leaves, trash or animal debris, you need to remove it before it begins to deteriorate. When you allow things to rot on your roof, not only do they leave stains, but they can lead to damage. A wet pile of leaves or old bird nest can freeze to the roof and damage it during multiple freeze-thaw cycles. Plus, when you remove the debris, you can see if there is already any type of damage, especially when it’s an animal nest.

2. Look for Standing Water

Standing water is usually a sign that something’s not quite right with your roof. Sometimes it’s as simple as clogged drainage that you solve when you remove the roof debris. Other times there’s another issue that’s led to the depression in the roof’s surface that requires a commercial roofer. Your roofer can determine if water has already gotten underneath the surface and led to deterioration, if it’s a matter of an installation issue or something else. If it hasn’t rained in a while you might want to go back up after a rain and look for ponding.

3. Schedule Yourself Reminders to Visually Inspect Your Roof

Depending on the material and age of your roof, you should schedule yourself at least quarterly reminders to go and visually inspect your roof. Make sure to do one before the end of the year. That’s because in northern Virginia our coldest months are January and February and some roof repair can’t (or shouldn’t) be done in temperatures below about 40 degrees. If you notice cracked seals around roof protrusions, make sure your commercial roofer re-seals them before the temperature drops too much for the sealant to properly cure.

Peak Roofing Contractors provides commercial roof repair and maintenance services. We’ll also schedule annual or semi-annual roofing inspections to help keep your roofing good condition so it lasts. Call us today to schedule your inspection or repair at (703) 753-4585 or fill out our contact form.

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