What You Need to Know about Maintaining Your Low Slope Roof

The low slope roof on your commercial property requires a different care regimen than a high-pitched roof. Because it’s almost flat and sits fully exposed to the hot sun and extreme weather, it’s more susceptible to aging, wear and damage. In most cases, a low slope commercial roof also has multiple penetrations for drainage, pipes, HVAC equipment and other essentials so there are a greater number of weak points where leaks can occur.

Low Slope Roofing in Miami Has Special Maintenance Needs

If your low slope roof isn’t well maintained to keep it watertight, water intrusions can cause deterioration to the decking and insulation. Over time, even minor leaks can result in damage to the interior ceilings, walls, electrical/mechanical systems, facilitate mold growth or ruin equipment and inventory housed inside the building. You can avoid costly, extensive damage and prolong the service life of your low slope roof by learning more about its maintenance needs.

What’s Involved in Maintaining a Low Slope Roof?

It’s easy to put many of the maintenance chores for a commercial property on a planned schedule. Effective roof maintenance is a different animal that involves both proactive and reactive measures. As a general guide, here’s what should be included:

  • Routine roof inspections. To keep your low slope roof in good condition, have an experienced, manufacturer-certified roofing professional perform semi-annual inspections, and schedule one after any severe weather event if you suspect the roof may be damaged.
  • Regular maintenance. Ask your roofing pro’s advice on the maintenance tasks your staff should perform on a routine basis. Typically, this involves clearing away general debris and vegetation growth from the roof, removing areas of standing water after a rain, trimming back overhanging tree limbs/branches, and making sure the drains are clear of debris and running freely.
  • Fixing deficiencies. Take care of any repairs listed in your inspection reports promptly as recommended to keep the roof watertight and prevent unnecessary damage.
  • Good record keeping. Having up-to-date records on hand can aid your contractor in properly assessing your roof. With that in mind, set up a file for all your roof-related documentation and keep it current. Include the roof’s plan and specifications, material warranty details, maintenance checklists, work orders for added equipment, repair records and inspection reports.

To learn more about low slope roofing maintenance for your Miami property, or to schedule an inspection, contact us today at A-1 Property Services.

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