Posted on: 11 September 2020
Most owners of commercial buildings know to keep a close eye on things like the HVAC system or the plumbing. One area of such buildings that can sometimes be overlooked though is the roof. It's important to treat your commercial roofing with respect, and that includes a regular check-up ahead of or at the start of the fall season. Autumn could bring some unique challenges for your commercial roof, so here are some important tips to keep in mind.
One Leaf Can Turn Into Too Many Quickly
Commercial roofs can withstand a lot of weight, but that's often because commercial roofs are required to hold a lot of weight. You might have elements of your HVAC system such as giant fans up there, and some companies even use their roof to store certain items.
A few leaves getting onto the roof during the autumn season isn't a big deal. But if there are a lot of trees in the area, those few leaves could quickly turn into a big mess of them if you aren't careful. Leaves will slowly add more and more weight to your roof over time and that's not good. Leaves can also create a mess if they get wet and provide a perfect hiding spot for pests. Make it a point to try and remove as many leaves as you can every time you head up there.
The Change in Temperature Is a Good Excuse to Check Your Top Floor or Attic Insulation
The change from the hot temperatures of the summer to the cooler temperatures of the fall is a good excuse to take a look at your attic or whatever the top room of your commercial building is. Hopefully, your insulation is still holding up and will be able to keep the rising warm air from your HVAC system inside the building while keeping the cooler air of autumn outside. As commercial buildings can be massive and expansive, this is a task perhaps best left to a professional.
Keep Your Gutters Clear
All of those leaves up on the roof can add weight, but they can also make their way into your commercial building's gutter or downspout system and that's no good either. Too many leaves in the gutter will lead to a clog and a clog could lead to a leak that damages your building's foundation. In a worst-case scenario, that leak from a gutter could penetrate your building's basement through the foundation and cause water damage to your property.
To learn more, contact a local commercial roofing service.Share