You depend on the roof over your apartment complex for a lot of things, notably to protect your tenants and keep them happy. So when your roof becomes damaged, you’ll likely want to repair it quickly. However, an emergency commercial roof repair, such as that over an apartment complex, can be tremendously expensive. Roofs become damaged for a number of reasons, including impacts from debris or even just continual wear and tear of time and exposure to the elements. Because your roof is so important, you’ll want to do everything you can to protect and maintain it to prolong its life as much as possible. Here are five ways to do so.
1. Clean Your Roof Regularly
Over time, dirt and debris collect on your apartment’s roof. Allowing it to build up too much can create issues, however. If you have a flat roof over your apartment complex, dirt and debris can block water flow or add extra weight during wet weather, resulting in ponding and creating areas prone to leaks and water damage. Periodically sweeping off your roof, clearing debris, and cleaning the drains in your roof to make sure they are functioning optimally will go a long way towards extending the life of your roof and preventing leaks from making your tenants deeply unhappy.
2. Clean Reflective Membranes
Reflective membranes are a great addition to any commercial roof to improve energy efficiency. However, over time the same debris that can cause ponding can reduce their ability to reflect energy and keep your units cooler. If your upper-floor residents are complaining that their cooling system is not working very well, cleaning the dirt and debris off your reflective membrane may help improve their effectiveness quickly and easily, and without the added expense of an HVAC inspection. It can also improve the life of your roof, as absorbed heat and radiation can decrease the life of a reflective membrane significantly.
3. Get Repairs Quickly
High winds, hail, and other severe weather can all wreak havoc on your roof and cause damage, even despite your best efforts to care and maintain it. Sometimes, you just can’t control what Mother Nature will do to your property. When damage happens, however, it’s in your best interest to have it repaired quickly. Unrepaired damage leaves the sensitive and vulnerable underbelly of your roof prone to damage, particularly if it rains again. Water damage to the interior structure of your roof can ruin insulation, causing heat loss, and cause water damage to the structure. It can also allow mold to grow, resulting in potentially hazardous living conditions for your residents. No landlord wants to deal with that massive headache.
4. Check for Wear & Tear
Most roofs will show signs of wear before experiencing a major problem, so you should regularly walk out onto your roof and keep an eye out for potential damage. While gaping holes or missing shingles are fairly easy to spot, other signs, such as ponding or clogged drains, can be far tougher to notice. If you notice any wear and tear, you’ll want to schedule a repair quickly or else you could be setting yourself up for an even bigger and more expensive repair when your roof experiences a major issue.
5. Inspect Your Roof Regularly
While you may be able to spot serious issues with your roof, it takes the eye and experience of a trained professional to spot a number of smaller problems that may be a bigger deal than you might think. You should have a Fort Worth roofer inspect your roof at least once per year to make sure you’re not missing any potentially growing problems. It’s generally best to do this either immediately after winter ends or in early fall. That way you can address any issues that may have emerged during the wet weather of winter, or get them repaired before the wet weather begins again.
If you need a commercial roof repair, Bronco Roofing & Construction can offer you high-quality repairs, exceptional workmanship, and friendly service to obtain your complete satisfaction. We only use the highest-grad materials in our repairs and construction projects to ensure your roof stands strong and lasts for many years ahead. We understand that your apartment’s roof is likely the last thing you want to think about, and we work quickly to finish the job in a cost-effective, clean, and professional manner.For all your commercial roofing needs, call Bronco Roofing & Construction at (817) 241-2303.