Purchased Your First Commercial Building? 4 Things To Know About Commercial Roofs

When you purchase a commercial building, you are responsible for the upkeep of the entire building. In order to meet that responsibility, you need to understand the different components of your commercial buildings. Your commercial roof is going to be a little different than the roof on your home.  

Make Sure All Equipment Is Mounted Correctly

On the top of a commercial roof, other equipment is generally mounted and located on your roof. The most common pieces of equipment found on roofs are HVAC and ventilation systems. You need to make sure that all HVAC and other equipment on your roof is firmly mounted in place and that the base of the equipment is well-sealed so that water can't get in around the base of the equipment and damage your roof. You will need to work with a commercial HVAC company to take good care of your HVAC system and your roof.  

Watch Out for Pits & Pooling Water

Most commercial roofs are flat roofs. With a flat roof, one thing you need to watch out for is pooling water. Water pools when debris builds up on your roof or when your roof develops pits in the surface of the material. If you notice water pooling on your roof, remove any debris that is contributing to the pooling water. Then, if you see any pits on your roof, get a professional contractor out to even out your roof. 

You also need to keep an eye on the drains on your roof if you see pooling water. If the drains get clogged up, water will pool up on your roof instead of draining properly.  

Keep the Roof Clean

You need to keep your roof clean. As you can walk on a flat commercial roof, this should be really easy to do. Have your maintenance team check on the roof at least once a month, removing any debris and sweeping the roof clean. This will help protect the integrity of the roof.  

Work With a Roofing Contractor 

Finally, you need to find a commercial roofing contractor to work with. Have them come out and inspect your roof at least twice a year and make any necessary repairs. A working relationship with a commercial roofing contractor can really extend the overall life of your roof.  

When you purchase a commercial building, you are responsible for taking care of the roof as well as the rest of the building. Make sure all the equipment on your roof is mounted properly, watch out for pooling water, keep the roof clean, and work with a commercial roofing contractor to keep your roof in great shape.