Three Things That Can Shorten The Life Of Your Commercial Roof


Your commercial roofing does not last forever. Various types of commercial roofing materials have different lifespans. Unfortunately though, many commercial roofs do not reach the end of their estimated lifespan because of damage or mistakes that could have been prevented. Here are three things that can shorten the lifespan of your commercial roof and how you can prevent these issues from occurring.

Failing to Have Routine Roof Inspections Completed

One of the most common reasons why commercial roofs do not last as long as they should is because commercial building owners fail to have routine roof inspections completed. It is recommended that you have your commercial roof inspected at least twice a year. If your roof is older, has had a lot of repairs, or is exposed to severe weather elements, you may need to have your roof inspected more frequently. During a commercial roof inspection, a commercial roofer can look for signs of damage on the roof. This allows them to make repairs before the damage spreads and give you advice on preventing that damage in the future. 

Pests Damaging Your Roof

Another way that the lifespan of commercial roofs can be shortened is by damaged done by pests. There are a number of different pests that can damage commercial roofs in different ways, including birds, bats, bees, mice, termites, and squirrels. Some pests, like termites and carpenter ants, can eat through your wooden support beams on a roof. Other pests, such as birds and bats, have feces that are acidic and can damage your roof. Finally, some pests, such as rats, mice and squirrels, may shred or remove your roofing materials to use for housing or nests. Always hire professional pest control services to minimize pest damage to your commercial roof. 

Damage Done By Contractors

Finally, damage done by contractors can shorten the lifespan of your roof. HVAC professional who walk on your commercial roof can damage your roof if the contractor is not careful, and tree trimmers can send limbs crashing down on your commercial roof if they do not know what they are doing. When you are having any work done on top of or around your roof, ask the professionals what steps they take to limit potential damage to your commercial roof. 

Professional commercial roofing companies can help you to maintain your roof and help to ensure that your roof lasts as long as it is designed to. When having new commercial roofing installed, ask the installers how to best care for your roof. When you are having routine roof inspections completed, ask the roofers if they notice damage occurring and what steps you should take to prevent this damage. Learning about your roof from roofers can help you learn how to best help your commercial roof last. 


27 November 2020

Roofing Fundamentals: What To Know Before Replacement

When it came time to install a new roof on my home, I had no idea where to start. In fact, I was exploring roofing options that were a really poor fit in my climate. It wasn't until I reached out to a local roofer that I got some lessons on how to choose the right roofing material for my home and the weather exposure it is subjected to. I built this site to share my journey, including the mistakes I made and the things that I learned along the way. If you are considering replacing your home's roof, I hope that the information here can help to guide you through the process.