Maintaining the performance of a commercial or industrial roof is essential to ensure the overall integrity of the building. A good roof can enhance and support other systems within the structure, helping everything to work more effectively and efficiently while protecting assets and employees in the process. While most people don’t put a lot of thought into roof maintenance in Providence, the more that you can do to offer preventive services, the longer your roof will last, and the more significant the return on your initial investment will be over time. A well-designed and installed roof should last decades. Still, without proper maintenance from qualified TPO roofing system and sheet metal roofing companies, it might only last a fraction of its life expectancy. Regardless of the materials used, annual inspections and preventive services should always be included to maximize performance.
Common Roofing Problems
While an inspection by a licensed, certified, and insured contractor is preferred, there are certain problems that can be quickly identified even by someone who is not experienced in roof maintenance in Providence. Roofing is very simple and straight-forward. It plays an essential role in the protection of the building and the business located inside, preventing water and other types of damage. Other benefits of a good roof include fire resistance, structural support, and protection from snow and ice damage to the structural materials that lie underneath the roofing materials.
Some of the things to look out for can include:
- bubbles in the material – if you notice bubbles in your TPO roofing system, EPDM rubber roofing, or another type of single-ply roofing material, you need roof maintenance right away; contact the installer or preventive service provider to get an inspection and any required repairs as soon as possible; bubbles that are ignored can make the roofing system more susceptible to wind damage, punctures, tears, and leaks
- gaps in the flashing – check the metal strips that cover the seams and provide extra protection around vents and utility access points for damage; if there are any spaces or gaps in between the flashing and the structure, it could be due to expanding and contracting due to weather conditions; gaps in the flashing can result in roofing system failure during the next heavy rain, hail or wind
- standing water issues – while there might be a bit of water on the roof after a rain as it drains off naturally, excess standing water can result in severe damage; known as “ponding” in the roofing industry, standing water can cause leaks, allow hazardous mold and mildew to grow, weaken support beams in the structure, and require the roof to be replaced much earlier than expected
Establish a Roof Maintenance Program
Roof maintenance in Providence should be provided by the sheet metal roofing companies or installers of EPDM and TPO roofing system materials. However, if the company you used is no longer in business, does not offer commercial roof repair services, or if there is any other reason why you do not want to work with them, make sure to choose a reputable provider that has experience with your specific type of system. A&M Sheet Metal & Roofing works with a wide range of materials for roof maintenance and prevention, including traditional asphalt, architectural metal, standing seam metal, custom metal, single-ply roofing, and slate roofing materials. We have worked hard to earn a solid reputation in the New England area for delivering quality services at competitive prices.
Your preventive maintenance program should include regular inspections. This would ideally be twice a year – in the spring after the snow and ice have melted, and again in the fall before the winter weather arrives. This will prevent surprises when spring rainstorms and winter weather hits the local area, reducing the damage that can be caused by weather penetration into a damaged roofing system. The inspection should check for gaps and tears in the roofing material, gaps in flashings, make sure proper seals are used with all vents and roofing equipment, inspect for signs of damage, and look at drains and downspouts for blockage. Vent stacks, pitch pans, walls, rooftop equipment, and other details should also be included to ensure comprehensive inspection. Routine repairs, preventive maintenance, and repair for any issues discovered during the inspection should be provided as soon as possible.
Contact A&M Sheet Metal & Roofing
If you are interested in getting pricing information for roof maintenance in Providence, contact our team by calling 401.654.4128. We can answer any questions you might have about inspections for a TPO roofing system and have worked extensively with commercial roof repair services in the New England region for many years. Sheet metal roofing companies, slate roofing services, and single-ply roofing systems are our specialty. We can set up a strategic plan for preventive maintenance and inspections that works with your schedule, requirements, and budget.