Things to Watch Out for on Your Commercial Roof This Summer
As the owner of a commercial building, you always have to keep your eye on any number of things when it comes to building maintenance. You probably know to keep a close eye on your roof during the worst days of winter, but you should also know that the weather getting warmer is no excuse for getting lazy when it comes to your commercial roof. Summer weather can cause any number of problems up on top of your building, especially if you let smaller problems linger until they turn into bigger concerns.
Consider hiring a commercial roofing company to inspect your roof this summer and every summer in the future. In the meantime, here are some of the things you may want to keep an eye out for when it comes to your commercial roof this summer.
Cracking, Blistering and Other Issues with Your Roof Membrane
If your building is located somewhere that gets especially hot weather in the summer, you should be prepared for your roof to suffer some wear and tear. Some roofing materials tend to expand when heated up, only to contract when the temperature goes back down. What this means for you is that your roof could expand during the middle of the day when the sun is beaming down but then contract a night when the sun disappears before repeating the process the next day. You should be walking your roof at least once per month during the summer, even after a professional inspection to make sure that your roof is not picking up additional wear and tear outside of the norm.
Unwanted Guests in Your Roofing
Summer is the high season for any number of different critters that will be out of hibernation and looking to set up shop somewhere cozy. Depending on what kind of HVAC systems, flashing or other installations you have on your commercial roof, there may be any number of areas where insects or rodents and more could decide to build a base or nest for themselves. A roof inspector may be able to notice tell-tale signs of infestation trouble, but you should continue to walk your roof in the weeks ahead looking for cracks or breakdowns in seals that could lead to trouble.
Nails and Other Damage From New Installations
Summer tends to be a popular season for new installations on top of commercial roofs. This also means that there is more opportunity in the summer for an errant nail to get sent a little too far into your shingles or other roofing materials. If a nail goes right through your flashing or otherwise breaches your roof, you are setting yourself up for a future leak problem. Make sure you walk the roof after every major project is complete and make sure there is no collateral damage from nails or other tools of the trade left behind.