Extend the life of your roof – and your budget
Your roofing system may comprise 30% of your total building envelope, but it’s protecting 100% of your assets. Your business operations, contents, staff and tenants are protected by a critical component of your investment: the roofing system.
1. Perform regular inspections and audits
“Out of sight, out of mind” certainly applies to your building’s roof, but only until it leaks. Then it’s decidedly top of mind! Roof leak repairs can be costly – certainly inconvenient – and possibly disruptive.
A professional inspection and roof audit report can identify potential problem areas. Know your roof’s weaknesses before mother nature finds and exploits them.
2. Create a preventive maintenance plan
By the time a roof leak disrupts your facility’s operations, it’s of course too late for proactive measures.
A professional commercial roofing company will work with you to design and implement a customized preventive maintenance programs that can save thousands of dollars over the long-term. Properly planned and implemented, it can help stabilize maintenance costs, discover potential problems early, and extend the life of your roof (not to mention your budget!).
3. See what your roofer sees
A professional commercial roofer will generate a report that includes photos. Flynn uses a custom app designed and maintained in-house for this purpose. See what the roofing crew sees, from problem through to repair. Learn more about Flynn’s F.A.S.T. app here.
4. Be mindful of your roof warranty coverage
Be aware of your roof’s warranty expiry date, and work with a roofer on a plan to extend coverage of your valuable asset. And remember, a warranty is a reactive, rather than a proactive, solution to roof issues. A warranty repair is more of a headache – not to mention costlier – than preventive maintenance.
5. Insist on safety
Not all safety programs are created equal, sadly. Safety must come first. Always. Because it’s the right thing to do – for a business and its people.
If work isn’t performed safety, it isn’t being performed properly. Cutting corners on safety is an indication of a company’s professionalism. Ask your commercial roofer to provide information on their safety protocols.
The COVID pandemic has added a layer of consideration to roofing safety programs, especially in relation to interaction between contractor and customer. Click here to see the 19 changes Flynn implemented to adapt to COVID, to keep our staff and customers safe.
6. Have a professional roofer remove snow and ice buildup
It’s no secret that particularly harsh winters can deliver tremendous weights of snow in short spaces of time. But freezing rain can compound the danger in minutes, let alone hours, by doubling the weight of snow already carried by a roof, even while compacting it and giving it the appearance of having melted. Subsequent snowfalls can put a roof’s integrity at risk. We’ve seen such conditions cause leaks, property damage, and in some severe cases, roof collapses.
Having snow removed promptly removes guesswork as to the integrity of the roof system, and alleviates the threat of damage or collapse due to the weight of snow. Diligent removal of snow and ice can also deny ice dams the chance to form. Above all, sooner is safer, both for your facility and the people who use it.
Want to know more? Feel free to reach out to your local Flynn office for information about our emergency response and maintenance services for commercial roofs.