Protection Starts At The Top: How To Protect Your Commercial Roof From Summer Damage

If you've been thinking that your commercial roof doesn't need protection during the summer, you've been mistaken. Your roof actually needs more protection during the summer months. That's because your roof is absorbing heat from the sun each day. Not only that, but the summer can also bring strong winds, hail storms, and torrential rains. When you add it all together, there are a multitude of reasons why you need to make sure that your commercial roof is ready for summer. Here are four important steps you need to take to protect your roof this summer.

Seal the Flashing

If you have vents, chimneys or skylights on your commercial roof, you need to make sure that you seal all the flashing. You might not realize this, but loose flashing can lead to significant water damage. All it takes is one loose area for water to drain from the roof down through to your building below. Once that happens, you're looking at roof damage, as well as interior damage. Not to mention the fact that you could develop a serious growth of mold. To prevent this type of damage, have all the flashing on your roof sealed tight before summer arrives.

Ensure Proper Drainage

If you have a flat commercial roof, you also have a drainage system that goes with it. The drainage system is designed to remove water from your roof so that it doesn't collapse under the pressure. Unfortunately, many business owners don't inspect their rooftop drainage systems, which leaves their buildings susceptible to flooding and to roof damage. Before those summer torrential rains arrive, spend some time inspecting your rooftop drainage. Check to make sure that your drainage grates are clean and clear. Remove any debris that may be blocking access to your drains. A few minutes spent cleaning your drains can prevent serious roof and building damage.

Inspect for Water Damage

While you're on your roof clearing the debris from your drains, it's a good idea to inspect for water damage. This is particularly important if you haven't been on your commercial roof for a while. First, look for areas that appear to be sunken in, or lower than the rest of the roof. Second, look for obvious signs of mold or algae growth. If you see either of those signs, you need to call a roofing contractor immediately.

Protect Against Sun Damage

If your roof is going to be exposed to extreme temperatures, or torrential rains this summer, you should schedule an appointment to have a waterproof roof coating applied. Waterproof roof coating can protect against sun and water damage. Not only that, but it continues providing protection right through the winter months.

For more information, contact your local commercial roofing contractors.