Metal roofing is a practical option for many commercial buildings. Not only is metal roofing extremely durable, but it requires very little maintenance—especially when compared to other types of commercial roofing materials. Still, no roofing material is 100% maintenance-free, which is why there are some basic care tips all commercial building owners should be aware of when it comes to metal roofing.
Schedule Regular Inspections
The most important aspect of caring for a commercial metal roof is to keep up with regular inspections. Ideally, your commercial metal roof should be inspected at least once per year by a roofing professional who specializes in the installation, maintenance, and repair of metal roofing systems.
Annual inspections are a great way to stay on top of small repairs as they become necessary on your building's metal roof. This can help you to avoid the need for more costly repairs down the road while also protecting your building from problems related to water leaks.
Keep Roofing Free of Debris
Debris in the form of broken tree branches and twigs should not cause any short-term damage to a metal roof. However, debris that accumulates for an extended period of time can make your roof more prone to issues such as mold, mildew, and algae growth because they can trap moisture.
With this in mind, it's a good idea to have a metal roof maintenance plan in place that involves removing any debris from your commercial roof at least once a month. This will be especially important if your commercial building has a flat metal roof, as these are much more prone to accumulating debris.
Have a Plan for Heavy Snowfall
While metal roofing is designed to withstand a lot of weight, the accumulation of heavy snowfall on your commercial metal roof can cause structural problems over time. Again, this will more likely be the case with a flat roof design. If you live in an area that sees a lot of snowfall during the winter months, then you may need to have a snow-removal plan in place as part of your regular roof and building maintenance.
Don't Overlook Drainage
Aside from the roof itself, your roofing drainage system is an important part of protecting your commercial building from damage. Make sure that your building's gutter and drainage system is properly sized and maintained; this should include a professional gutter cleaning at least once a year to remove and debris that could cause clogs over time. Proper drainage will protect your roof and building foundation while also preventing moisture issues like mold and mildew growth.
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A little care goes a long way in maintaining a commercial metal roof. With the proper maintenance, these roofing systems can easily last for decades to come!
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