When it comes to roofs, there’s no doubt that commercial roofing systems are more difficult to maintain compared to residential roofs. After all, it doesn’t have the slope that residential roofs have so it’s more susceptible to pooling water and leaks. It’s also more fragile so foot traffic can pose a problem. If you’re a bit concerned about your commercial roof, worry not as there are ways to extend the life of your roof.
Space Around Penetrations – If your commercial roof has some penetrations, you need a substantial amount of space between the roof and the penetration itself. This is so the penetrations and the roofing system itself can easily be inspected and repaired if needed.
Proper Drainage – Commercial roofing contractors will likely tell you that good drainage is important for any commercial roof. As stated before, they don’t have the slope that residential roofs have to allow rainwater to runoff, making them more susceptible to pooling water that can leak into your building.
Proper Equipment Clearance – On the other hand, if you plan to have some industrial equipment installed on your commercial roof, you should keep the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) guidelines in mind during the installation. These guidelines help determine how high your equipment stands should be in order to provide adequate space to allow professionals to get under the equipment for repairs and maintenance. A general rule of thumb is that the larger the equipment, the higher the stand should be.
Safe Yet Limited Roof Access – You need the proper access to have inspections and repairs conducted. However, if the access is too easy to get to, people who shouldn’t be there can easily climb up and cause unnecessary foot traffic and roof strain. With that in mind, control who can get into the roof by locking the door if your roof has an interior access. For exterior access, meanwhile, have a removable or retractable ladder installed.
For roofing companies that can work on both residential and commercial roofs, look no further than New View Roofing. We are your number one provider of roof repair and replacement services. Give us a call at (469) 250-0016, or fill out our contact form for a free inspection.