8 tips to prevent commercial roof leaks from hanging over your head

Roof leaks can be frustrating, damaging, unsafe and costly to any facility, especially when not resolved in a timely manner. Some common issues that cause commercial roof leaks include membrane failures, drains and gutter issues, ponding water, and flashings.

Below are 8 tips to help prevent roof leaks from hanging over your head:

  1. Ensure your roof is properly draining and not holding or ponding water.
  2. Inspect your ceilings and walls from inside the building to look for evidence of roof leaks or other damage that may have occurred.
  3. Periodically check for coping or metal flashing that’s missing.
  4. Remove debris like leaves, sticks and garbage so they don’t cause a backup in the drains.
  5. Avoid sending anyone on the roof to remove snow who’s not specifically trained to avoid causing damage to your roof.
  6. Eliminate labor costs of a follow-up service call by asking the roofing tech on site to make simple repairs in the same visit.
  7. Implement a routine maintenance plan to help double your roof’s lifespan.
  8. Having to request a call-back for a roof leak that was supposedly just fixed can be even more frustrating than the roof leak itself. Hire only roofers who self-perform the work to better control the quality of the technicians, as well as the workmanship.

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