Commercial Roof Repair and Maintenance San Diego, CA

Should Property Managers Perform Their Own Commercial Roof Maintenance?

Your roof is your commercial building’s first line of defense from nature’s elements such as wind, rain, fire, hail, and the sun’s damaging rays. Every day, your roof is exposed to weather and other elements that may contribute to its decay and deterioration, increasing the risk of damage to the roof itself and if left unattended, to your commercial building and the contents within it.

 The International Building Code (IBC), which sets safety standards for commercial buildings, requires that roofs “serve to protect the building.” Having a roof that “protects the building” starts with design, materials selection, and installation at the time a facility is built or remodeled—events that occur infrequently and may be outside the scope of most businesses’ ongoing activity. But it also includes a regular program of inspection, maintenance, and repair—activities that should be part of your operational planning in order to prolong the useful life of your roof and make sure it does its job in protecting your business from weather damage. *Source: Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety

Savvy property owners and property managers understand the need to protect the investment they have in their roofing systems with a regular maintenance program. A Roof Maintenance Program not only adds years to the life of your roof, it will also uncover problems before roof leaks can damage insulation, create mold, damage the structure itself or the contents within the building.

Considering Doing Your Own Commercial Roof Maintenance?

Is Roof Maintenance something that your business can do in-house or do you need to hire a professional roofing company? Below are some things to consider before establishing a proactive commercial roof maintenance program.

Annual or Semi-Annual Roof Maintenance Should Include:

  • Inspection of the entire roof membrane and roof components.
  • Cleaning of leaves, trash and debris from the roof, rain, gutters and drains.
  • Disposal of rooftop debris including nails, fasteners, bottles etc.
  • Inspections and recommended repairs for:
    • Cracked or broken skylight lens or frames
    • Unauthorized roof penetrations
    • Damaged or missing rain gutters, collector boxes or downspouts
    • Sheet metal joints on air conditioning ducts that are not sealed
    • Oil/grease overspills from exhaust hood fans
    • Missing vent caps
    • Damage caused by cable, satellite, cell site, plumbing, HVAC contractors, tenants, maintenance personnel, installers, repairmen, etc.
    • Storm damage since last inspection
    • Plugged roof drain lines
    • Damaged or unsafe roof access hatches or ladders

Check Your Insurance Policy

Insurance policies vary so before you send your maintenance personnel up to your roof, be sure that your insurance policy will cover them in case of injury or inadvertent damage to the roof.

Expertise & Equipment Needed to Address Problems

While building maintenance personnel may have the skills to make temporary repairs, they do not always have the expertise, equipment or materials to make significant repairs to the roofing system itself. It is inadvisable to make major repairs to your roofing system without first consulting a qualified contractor or roofing company. You will also want to make sure that you have the proper safety equipment while making the repairs. Sending an untrained employee to patch a roof during a rainstorm can be dangerous and may end up voiding a manufacturer’s warranty.

Problems with an aging roof can include punctured, cracked, wrinkled membranes that are losing their waterproof integrity. Roofs cements, coatings and trowel grade products can provide quick fixes but a professional roofing contractor will be able to advise you on the best long-term solution. For example, inexperienced maintenance personnel could easily make the mistake of using asphalt-based patching materials on a PVC thermoplastic membrane, which will cause further damage to the roof.

Start-Up Costs to Do Your Own Roof Management

  • Inspection and Repair Training
  • Specialized Equipment for Repairs
  • Repair Materials
  • Emergency Plan

Professional Roof Maintenance Services – San Diego

In almost every case, you will provide better protection for the investment you have in your commercial roof by leaving roof maintenance to the professionals. Professional commercial roofing contractors can identify and address potential problems before they start costing you significant dollars. They can advise you on the most cost effective method for making repairs. Because roofing professionals have the expertise, equipment and materials, they can often perform the repairs at a cost that is lower than you could achieve in-house. And a good roofing contractor will guarantee their work.

Commercial Property Managers and owners in San Diego, CA count on Sully-Jones Roofing to maintain their commercial, multi-unit housing and retail building roofing systems.

Contact Sully-Jones Roofing and ask about our comprehensive Roof Maintenance Program.

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