Depending on the materials used, the lifespan of commercial roofing can range from 20 to 40 years. While this is an industry average, many things can impact that lifespan and cause it to be significantly shortened. Building owners and managers can save a significant amount of money on repairs and eventual replacement costs by extending the life of their commercial roofs as long as possible.

If you have a commercial building, regardless of the type of roof it has, these hazards will shorten its life if they are not addressed.

Improper Roofing Maintenance

The general maintenance performed on a commercial roofing system is one of the greatest determinants of the system’s lifespan. Commercial roofing is impacted by environmental elements, aging, and general wear and tear, all of which can significantly decrease how long it lasts. That’s why it’s essential to perform routine maintenance to upkeep the roofing system and make it as strong as possible.

Some of the best ways to maintain your commercial roof include:
  • Routine inspections (at least twice per year)
  • Avoiding walking on it unless necessary
  • Regular cleaning
  • Debris removal
  • Snow and ice removal
  • Removal of standing water

Trees Within “Striking” Distance

If you have trees located close to your building, make sure to keep them pruned and trimmed back. Close hanging branches can come down during severe storms, easily damaging your rooftop. Branches located too close to a building can also become trapped in drainage systems, scratch roofing materials, and make it easier for animals and pests to take up residence on the roof.

You don’t have to remove trees completely unless they are in danger of coming down, but simple routine pruning and branch removal will help keep your roof healthy.

Improper or Inefficient Drainage Systems

Water is one of the worst enemies of commercial roofing systems, especially for flat roofs. Standing water will degrade roofing materials, and too much water can compromise the structural integrity of the roof itself. The saving grace for these types of roofs is their drainage systems, which must be kept clear of debris at all times. Furthermore, it’s also essential to have a proper drainage system installed if one is not present. Ineffective drainage systems allow water to pool for long periods. If your drainage system is clear but you are still experiencing pools of standing water after a storm, have your drainage system inspected and enhanced.

Need repairs or replacement of your commercial roof? We can help. Get in touch with the team at Schmidt Roofing for a free work estimate!

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