Many business owners don’t give much thought to what they could be doing to protect their commercial roofing systems. Once it’s installed, it’s all done and out of mind. The fact is, there are several things you can do to protect the roof on your Atlanta business and keep it in optimal condition, saving you not only money but the time spent when you have to have repairs performed. Here are a few fairly easy things you can do starting today.
Clear out your gutters. Gutters and downspouts often become clogged with leaves, sticks, twigs, pine needles and all kinds of stuff. When it rains, water will collect in the gutters and eventually on the roof as the water can’t flow through clogged gutters. Water is the most damaging element for a roof, so simply cleaning out gutters/downspouts goes a long way toward protecting it.
Have trees close to the roof? While they’re beautiful, tree limbs and branches can be a hazard when they’re hanging over your commercial roof. Not only can the leaves and twigs clog gutters, dead limbs may fall and damage the roof. While we don’t get a ton of snow or ice in the Atlanta area during winter, it does happen on occasion. Sleet, ice and snow can put incredible weight on a limb or branch, causing it to snap and land on the roof. Limbs also make a great highway for squirrels and other animals who may be interested in your roof. Trim away limbs and branches that overhang the roof to ensure you don’t have these problems.
Take a look at your warranty. You may be surprised to find that something you thought would be covered isn’t, so review your warranty so that you know exactly what to expect or if you may want to consider additional coverage. Also pay attention to any circumstances or conditions that may void your warrant, and when it expires.
Consider a maintenance plan. Having preventive maintenance performed by professional roof contractors is the best way to extend the life of your roof. Any small issues can be detected and addressed before they become serious problems that cost a small fortune. Having a contractor inspect the roof and perform any cleaning or maintenance on a regular basis is one of the smartest things you can do to protect your investment.
Time to have your commercial roof inspected? At Kelco Roofing protecting your commercial or industrial business is our top priority. From roof repair to replacement, you can rely on our team for outstanding results.