As a commercial property owner, there is an abundance of essential maintenance tasks required to keep your building not only safe but also aesthetically pleasing. One key component that requires great care is the roof, which, without regular inspections, can cause a detrimental impact on the overall condition of your property. Failing to spot issues with your roofing system will lead to costly, often unexpected repair fees, which must be dealt with immediately to prevent further dangers. It is for this reason that roofing maintenance should always play a huge role in your plans to upkeep the condition of your site.
Reap The Benefits Of Professional Roofing Maintenance
Having worked with commercial clients for many years providing a wealth of services, from cladding spraying to curtain walling repairs we have encountered various roofing systems which are severely damaged. This not only makes the property look worse for wear but also comes alongside a number of risks, such as leaks, rusting and lack of insulation; all of which are somewhat expensive to resolve. The most frustrating thing for many clients is that these issues could have easily been prevented through simple roofing maintenance visits. It is for this reason that we always highly recommend that every property owner spends time working with a professional company, just like GOCO Services, to draw up a detailed maintenance plan.
If you are new to managing a commercial site or would like more information before going ahead with a maintenance plan, then we have put together a guide on everything you need to know about caring for your roofing system. It is broken down into the following two categories for your convenience:
Every commercial property owner wants to keep their overheads low, which is why maintenance tasks are often pushed to the end of the priority list. Although putting off maintenance visits may appear to save money in the short term, it does mean that you are putting your site at serious risk of severe damage. This will not only cost thousands to resolve but also poses significant health and safety hazards to occupants, further increasing the cost.
In opting for even just an annual roof inspection, you will be able to save far more money than you would do so if you were in need of repair and replacement services. Here are just some of the many ways that roof maintenance helps to cut costs:
Prevents The Need For Replacement
The most significant benefit of roof maintenance is that it is able to minimise the likelihood that you will need to invest in a full replacement. According to Roof Advisor, an average roof replacement in the UK will cost around £5,500 but can increase to as much as £7,200 depending on the scale of your property and the material that you choose. This total factors in several different aspects including scaffolding, labour, materials and much more. It is a huge investment which is likely to come up unexpectantly, putting your business under immense stress; however, it can be prevented through a quick inspection.
So how does roofing maintenance avoid expensive replacement fees? During each visit, your chosen maintenance specialists will spend time assessing the overall condition of your system, noting down any areas which are beginning to deteriorate. They will then determine which of these minor defects are likely to grow and will advise when you should start considering repairs. Much like anything else, the sooner that you catch a problem and resolve it while it is small, the quicker you will be able to stop it growing into something more significant and trickier to resolve. For example, if your building is equipped with a felt flat roof, then over time, it may begin to lift. If you can rectify this in the early stages, then your flat roof will continue to serve its purpose for many years, but if you fail to arrange repairs, it will eventually cause a leak, which is likely to then require a replacement.
Protects Your Building Surroundings
When you purchase a commercial property, you also take responsibility for its surroundings, meaning that you should take just as much care preserving the land as you would do so the interior. The moment that a building occupant, employee or visitor steps foot on your site, they should be protected by strict health and safety procedures. If you have a damaged roofing system, then while this is far above their reach, you do begin to put individuals in danger. Loose tiles, in particular, can easily disjoint themselves from the roofing system and with just a gust of wind, can fall onto a passerby or someone’s vehicle. This will leave you with substantial insurance bills to pay, which will prove significantly more than the price of a maintenance visit and quick repair.
For more information on the legal musts as a commercial property owner, take a look at Leathes Prior. Included in this article is also details on your responsibilities if you have an asbestos roofing system, which again, can be safely managed through regular maintenance visits. Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, you must have the asbestos frequently assessed and if a replacement is required, should be completed by a licenced contractor. The team at GOCO Services are certified to complete asbestos roof coatings to prevent fibres from being released. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are worried about the condition of your asbestos roof and require guidance.
Avoid Expensive Interior Damage
As a commercial property, it is highly likely that rooms will be filled with expensive electronics and essential equipment. These are devices that are essential for your daily operations, so it is imperative that they can remain free from damage. Should you experience problems with your roofing system, however, you do risk damaging items on the inside of your building, which will be expensive to repair and replace. A cracked roof sheeting system, in particular, dramatically increases your likelihood of a leak, which will not only damage electronics but also poses safety hazards to your staff.
As well as leaks, damage with your roofing system can mean that you will find pests burrowing themselves into your property. Pests can cause all manner of structural damage, as well as chew through electrical wiring. If spotted by visitors, this can instantly lead to a decrease in business, and if left to grow, can mean that you must close your site for a period of time to tackle an infestation. For a host of information on how you can prevent common pests from entering your commercial property, take a look at Clean & Polish.
Provides Long-Term Building Protection
Any small issues with your property that are left to grow will inevitably impact its longevity, meaning that you must be prepared financially to cover repairs and replacements in the future. However, if you can spot these during maintenance visits and keep on top of the condition of your building, not only will you save money, but you will also have long-term protection. You will be able to prevent any severe damage and ultimately, enjoy a significant return on investment.
Now that you are familiarised with how roofing maintenance can save you money both now and in the future, it’s important to feel confident in what maintenance should involve. This will help you to work alongside your GOCO Services operatives to piece together a maintenance package that will cover all key aspects of your roofing. With this in mind, the main services that you can expect during your maintenance visits are as follows:
First and foremost, regardless of the maintenance package that you opt for, visits will always begin with a thorough inspection of your roofing system. An assessment will enable operatives to highlight any visible damage, along with any potential flaws that you should keep an eye on. If there are any defects that have the ability to grow into something more serious, these will be noted down and then reassessed during the next visit. In this case, or if you have an older roofing system, we would always recommend scheduling your maintenance visits at least twice a year as this will allow you to track any damage caused as the weather changes.
During the visual inspection, operatives will check for any common warning signs of damage, including rust or fungus growth, as well as cracks, bubbling and poor insulation. For more information on commercial roof damage that you should be aware of, take a look at our previous article.
Many underestimate the importance of a fully functioning guttering system which means that during your maintenance visits, gutters will always be checked and if required, cleaned. Failing to keep your guttering system clean risks them becoming clogged with debris, leaves and dead branches. This will then prevent water from being able to filter through the system with ease, risking a significant leak, leading to damp.
Gutter cleaning is particularly crucial before and after the winter months as the accumulated debris will become drowned in rainfall, which if allowed to freeze, can cause cracks in the gutters. This again will mean that your system will start to leak, risking mould, pest infestation and structural damage.
Roof Surface Repairs
During your roof maintenance, should there be the need for any repairs, these will either be completed on the day or at a later date, depending on the scale of the damage. Either way, we would always highly recommend every client to ensure that damage is rectified as soon as possible before it has the chance to worsen.
There are many different methods of repairing your roofing system; the chosen route will be based on several factors such as the roof material type and the level of damage. In most cases, industrial roof coating should be able to restore your system, not only improving its lifespan but also waterproofing your property. A number of different coating manufacturers are also available with each boasting various features, so you will be paired with the best-suited option to fit with your requirements.
If the damage has spread to other areas of the building, then this can be combined with cladding repairs. However, it is important to note that in this instance, work may take a few weeks to complete so you should expect to have operatives on site for longer.
Dirt & Debris Removal
If you schedule regular roofing inspections and keep on top of repairs, then your maintenance visit may be as simple as assessing the condition of your system before removing any dirt and debris. Clearing your roof of any built-up waste is just as important as cleaning guttering systems as failing to can begin to damage the surface. In return, not only will you be able to maintain a positive first impression, but you will also increase the lifespan of your roofing system.
Cut Edge Corrosion Repairs
For properties with a metal sheet roofing system, you may find that during your maintenance visit, you will be advised to book in cut edge corrosion repairs. This is a task that is required just once but is imperative in ensuring that your roof sheets remain in good condition.
Cut edge corrosion is incredibly common amongst those with a metal roofing system and is caused by one small step in the installation process. While the roof sheets are being manufactured, they are complete with a protecting plastic coating, which prevents the metal from rusting when exposed to adverse conditions. However, often while they are being installed, the sheets are cut down to fit with the unique shapes of a building, meaning that the protective layer is removed from the edges. This causes the metal to begin rusting, otherwise known as cut edge corrosion.
Should your property begin to experience cut edge corrosion, then this can be resolved through a simple treatment. The process involves removing any significant rusting before reapplying the protective coating, which will prevent the metal from peeling back and the erosion from spreading.
Increase The Longevity Of Your Roofing System
Through scheduling regular roofing maintenance, you will be able to reap a wealth of benefits, not only saving you money but also ensuring that your overall property remains free from damage. Every roofing system is different, so depending on the scale of your building and the materials used, your maintenance plan will be slightly altered to accommodate the needs of your roofing.
If you are experiencing roofing damage or are interested in putting together a maintenance package, then please do not hesitate to contact GOCO Services. Our team are always more than happy to help!