Planning, forecasting & budgeting are all tools used by every business every day. It allows you to prepare for the day, month, fiscal year & the distant future ahead.  No business can be very successful if they maintain a purely reactionary approach. The same is true when it comes to maintaining one of your most important assets, your building. It is even more important when talking about your roof; an important asset that isn’t easily seen and you may not know there is a problem until it is too late.

If you own a building for a business or as an investment property, keeping it in optimal condition benefits both you and customers, tenants, or anyone else who may use it. This is why it is so important for you to schedule inspections and implement a preventative maintenance plan. This ensures you that their roof is doing its job properly.

  1. Keep your roof free of debris, clean and functioning properly

If you have trees around your building the falling leaves & branches clog drains and gutters. As well as be the catalyst for other vegetation to grow on your roof. Impeding the ability for water to leave the roof can add excess weight to the roof system & strain the structure itself. 

  1. Schedule regular inspections

Not only are regular inspections part of good roofing practice, but they are also a cost-effective way of managing your facility and roof. You could have water getting under your roof system for months before it makes its way into the building. By the time you see a stained ceiling tile; extensive damage could have occurred and also severely impacted the insulation and its ability to efficiently maintain the climate within the building. Ideally, a commercial roof should be closely examined at least twice a year: in the fall when the leaves have fallen and then in the spring to see what havoc winter may have caused. More frequent inspections may be necessary if your roof gets quite a bit of foot traffic. A thorough inspection involves looking at everything, including flashings and penetrations, vents, drains, and downspouts. You can check your own roof, but it is always a good idea to use a professional, as he or she can spot damage or any problems you might not notice.

  1. Don’t ignore minor issues

It doesn’t take much for something small to turn into a big – and costly – repair. This is why if a problem is spotted, it needs to be addressed right away. Not fixing something small could compromise your building and put your employees & customers it in harm’s way. A leak, for example, might damage computers, furniture & equipment but if the leak isn’t directly affecting daily work activities it may not be addressed.  Eventually this could lead to a major issue if the water is allowed to compromise the integrity of the building. If you don’t make necessary repairs, you may also run into an issue with your insurance company if you end up having to make a claim and they feel that you were negligent with your maintenance.

  1. Utilize coatings for an extra layer of protection

Your roof by itself can offer your building solid protection, but there is something else you can do to make it even tougher. The right coating will safeguard your roof from severe weather, moisture, and UV rays. The latter can be particularly harmful because they dry out roofing materials, which can lead to splitting and cracking. If this happens, water can get inside, resulting in leaks. In addition to providing extra protection, the coating can reduce energy usage, which is good for both the environment and your bottom line.

  1. Maintain good records

Forgetting exactly what type of maintenance or repairs your roof has gotten can be easy, which is why you – or perhaps a property manager – should keep records of everything. This is especially true if you own multiple buildings. In addition to basic information, such as when the roof was installed and warranty paperwork, this record should also include details about every inspection. Not only will this help you stay organized and on top of everything related to your roof, if or when you decide to sell your building, but the future owner will also appreciate your diligence.

  1. Partner with a reliable and experienced roofing company

The last step in a solid preventative maintenance plan for your commercial roof is to form a partnership with a quality roofing company. Even if you have the time to get up on your roof periodically, you may not know exactly what you are looking for and you could be taking on unnecessary risks. This is the benefit of working with a professional roofing contractor that has the experience and safety practices to be sure that your roof will be in great hands at all times.

  1. Implement a Preventative Maintenance Program

What does a typical roofing maintenance agreement cover? Here’s what we typically provide during our inspections, along with any personized items that are specific to your building and your needs:

  1. Walk and inspect all roof areas including drains, gutters and sheet metal flashings.
  2. Clean out drains. Inspect all drain components. 
  3. Dispose of all small debris from roof.
  4. Repair all minor deficiencies found on flashings around roof penetrations and parapet walls.
  5. Repair all deficiencies found on field membrane.
  6. Reseal all pitch pans.
  7. Inspect all mechanical equipment on roof. Report all deficiencies to owner.
  8. Provide digital photographs of all repairs made and any other areas of concern.
  9. Provide a written estimate for any other repairs not covered in this agreement.

 

Your building’s roof is something that should never be taken for granted. Contact Roof Solutions as soon as possible at 404-352-0000 to implement a Preventative Maintenance Program.

111 N. Adams Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301

 

Commercial Roof Solutions, LLC recently completed a reroofing project in Tallahassee Florida.

 

We applied a Polyglass 20-Year Modified Bitumen Roof on the US Courthouse Annex Roof

The English-American Building, commonly referenced as the Flatiron Building, is a building completed in 1897 located at 84 Peachtree Street NW in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, on the wedge-shaped block between Peachtree Street NE, Poplar Street NW, and Broad Street NW, also creating a one-block break in Williams Street. The building has 11 stories, and is the city’s second and oldest standing skyscraper. The Flatiron building is protected by the city as a historic building in the Fairlie-Poplar district of downtown, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.[5]

Commercial Roof Solutions, LLC was pleased to work with Winter Construction to complete the reroofing portion of the 45,000 square-foot restoration and renovation of the oldest skyscraper still standing in the City of Atlanta, completed in 1897. We installed a GAF 20-Year TPO roof system.

Poised over the Fairlie-Poplar District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the W.D. Grant Building, completed in 1898, is the second oldest structure constructed of steel in the Southeast.

  • This building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and is in the Fairlie-Poplar district.
  • The W.D. Grant Building is the second-oldest skyscraper in Atlanta still standing, completed in 1898 just one year after the Flatiron Building 1897.

Commercial Roof Solutions, LLC is proud to partner with the Grant ATL, LLC and Jones Lang LaSalle on the roofing portion of this renovation. We applied a Johns Manville 20-Year TPO roof

Turner Properties Building 1040 located within the Turner campus on Techwood Drive in Atlanta was reroofed by installing a Johns Manville 20-Year Modified Bitumen roof system. This job was completed October 2017.

Tucked away between a high school football stadium and a Motel 6 is a red-and-white 44,000 sq ft warehouse-style building.

Walk through the front doors and look to the left, and a wooden No. 4 pops out from the wall. Look straight ahead, and a pair of glass doors open to an expansive space with three full basketball courts.

Welcome to Core 4, Paul Millsap’s freshly finished training facility in northeast Atlanta.

 

Commercial Roof Solutions, LLC was pleased to work with Catamount Construction for the reroofing portion of the Core 4 Training Facility renovation.

 

Commercial Roof Solutions, LLC installed a Versico 20-Year Epdm Roof

Georgia Gwinnett College – Tennis Complex

Loading the new roofing materials for Turner Properties

The rock ballast has been removed and the modified bitumen roof is on. Only 18 more roof sections to go on this building to complete this project for Turner Properties

One of the perks of working in Atlanta…. Some times when you are standing on a roof looking down you see a scene from the upcoming Avengers movie!