Roofing upkeep to-dos for this fall and winter

Innovative Roofing Upkeep
November 23, 2023 at 6:00 a.m.

By Innovative Roofing Group.  

Now is the time to up your roof maintenance to keep it clean and safe for decades to come!  

Editor’s note: RCS always recommends that home and building owners hire a professional, but here are some simple tips you can share with your customers to help them keep up with their home or building’s roof maintenance. 

As the warm days of summer come to an end, now is the time for building and homeowners to take the opportunity to check on the health and state of their roofs. Unchecked, roofs can become dangerous hazards without proper cleaning of debris or problem spots that aren’t addressed until it is too late. The roofing experts at Innovative Roofing Group share their top to-dos for this fall and winter to make sure your roof is properly taken care of and clean so that it can last its full intended lifespan.  

Scorching sun and UV damage  

Summer sun can be relentless, and its UV rays can take a toll on commercial roofs. Over time, prolonged exposure to intense sunlight can cause roofing materials to degrade. The most common signs of sun damage are cracking, blistering, and peeling of the roof’s surface. To mitigate this, consider a thorough inspection of your roof’s membrane. Look for signs of wear and tear, and if you notice any issues, it’s advisable to repair or replace the affected areas promptly. Neglecting sun damage can lead to more extensive problems down the road. 

Heavy rain and moisture penetration 

While not all areas experience heavy rainfall as frequently as some other regions, a heavy rainstorm is all that is needed to challenge your roof. If your commercial roof has any pre-existing vulnerabilities, these heavy downpours can exacerbate the issue. Signs of moisture penetration include water stains on the ceiling, damp insulation, and mold growth. To address these concerns, conduct a detailed inspection of the roof’s flashing, seals and any areas where water might find its way inside. If any compromised areas are located, it is crucial to have them repaired promptly to prevent further damage and the potential for costly leaks. 

High winds and wind-related damage 

Summer storms can bring strong winds, which have the potential to damage roofing materials. Loose or damaged shingles, flashing and roof vents are common results of wind-related roof damage. It’s essential to inspect your roof for signs of dislodged or missing components and address these issues as soon as possible. Neglecting wind-related damage can leave your roof vulnerable to further problems, especially as winter approaches. 

Debris accumulation and ponding water  

During the summer, debris such as leaves, twigs and branches can accumulate on your commercial roof. This debris can clog drains and gutters leading to water ponding on the roof’s surface. Ponding water can weaken roofing materials and create an environment conducive to mold growth. To prevent these issues, schedule a thorough cleaning of your roof and gutters. Ensure that drains are clear and functioning correctly to avoid water accumulation that can compromise your roof’s integrity. 

Seek professional inspections and maintenance  

While these are some common forms of roof damage that can occur during the summer, it’s essential to have your commercial roof professionally inspected as part of your fall maintenance routine. The experienced team at Innovative Roofing Group can identify hidden issues and provide recommendations for necessary repairs or maintenance. Our expertise can help you address potential problems before they escalate, saving you time and money in the long run. 

Fall is a critical time for commercial property owners to assess and address any roof damage that may have occurred during the summer. By taking proactive measures, you can protect your investment and ensure your commercial roof remains in optimal condition as the seasons change. A well-maintained roof not only safeguards your property but also extends its lifespan, ultimately providing excellent value for your business. 

Original article source: Innovative Roofing Group.

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