The phrase “Having a roof above your head” or “At least you have a roof above your head” is a common one. We regard it as of paramount importance to our lives, and of course, it is… shelter is a fundamental need. But even with this critical need, we often give very little though to the actual maintenance of this said roof. In the home, it’s fairly common for your home insurance to cover you against damage (although not in all instances), however in the commercial world, things are a little different, but yet, your roof is probably the most critical thing in running your business!

Your roof provides the first line of defence from natural hazards such as wind, rain, fire, ice and extreme heat. It’s also therefore the most vulnerable part of your building, and every single day your roof is exposed to an assault of varying weather conditions which combine to create a pretty devastating barrage, especially on many types of flatter industrial roof types. If just a part of your roof becomes deteriorated, then this can quickly lead to the contents of your commercial building becoming deteriorated and unable to operate your business.

Identifying Roof issues

You should have your roof inspected on a regular basis, if upon inspection a problem is identified then it should be fixed straight away before deteriorating further.

Signs of a serious problem may be apparent from leaks inside the building, water stains on the ceiling, floor or walls. Mould is also a tell tale sign that there’an an issue. Even the smallest leak can be a sign of big trouble if not dealt with swiftly.

Externally, standing water on roof surfaces can lead to leaks and deterioration, and if your roof is made from steel decks, then rust can also become a significant issue. Collected water can also impose a significant weight on a structure which isn’t designed to hold it.

Bubbles can indicate retained moisture which again, can lead to cracks and leaks and hugely reduce the life span of your covering.

It usually makes sense to hire a professional contractor to identify any roofing issues. The building owner may be able to inspect some properties, however they’re unlikely to identify all the problems which can be instantly recognisable to someone who works on roofs day in and day out.

Other Potential Issues

Skylights can be a weak point on any roof, and should be inspected to ensure they are well sealed and secured to the edge. A dislodged skylight is not a safe or useful situation. Plastic domed panels can also become brittle and fragile, especially in colder months.

Regular Maintenance

The best way to avoid potentially expensive and inconvenient roofing problems is to keep a regular maintenance and inspection plan. If you’re hiring your commercial property, then your tenancy agreement will tell you who is responsible for the upkeep.

A regular inspection should ensure;

  • Roofing is inspected carefully after any storms of excessive weather conditions
  • Signs of leaks or cracks are noted and taken care of
  • Loose objects and debris are removed to prevent pooling of water and damp areas
  • Other nearby hazards such as trees are kept in check
  • Drains are free from debris that can cause damp and damage to the roof and guttering system
  • Rooftop vents are inspected

We recommend consulting with a professional roofing contractor to alleviate your concerns and help you draw up an inspection routine. If you have any current maintenance issues that you would like dealt with, or you require help with roof maintenance, you can contact us and we’ll come and see you at your earliest convenience.