The roof protecting your commercial facility from Mother Nature may hold a bit of mystery for some. After all, it’s usually not in your line of sight, so it might not get the same attention as other building components. Also, there are so many different commercial roofing systems on the market with different features, benefits and requirements that it’s hard to know exactly what’s going on up there. Here are a few common commercial roofing myths that should at least give you a place to start when it comes to understanding your roofing system.
- I can count on decades of service from my roof. Much of your roof’s longevity depends on the quality of the initial installation, which is a combination of making sure the type of system installed is right for your building and climate and, most importantly, the contractor’s ability to install that system properly. So, yes – it’s possible that your new commercial roof could last for 20 years or more, but if either of these variables is compromised, the lifespan of your roofing system can be as well.
- My roof isn’t leaking, so everything must be ok. Because it’s your building’s first line of protection against the elements, it takes a beating from snow, wind, rainstorms and intense sun – not to mention falling branches and other debris. The older it gets, the more susceptible it becomes to these forces. So, make it a point at least twice per year to get on your roof to make sure everything is in order. Better yet, hire a commercial roofer to give it a comprehensive inspection.
- I can take care of any repair problems myself. Unlike most steep-slope shingle roofs, flat commercial roofing systems are complicated assemblies, with vast differences between manufacturers, chemistry and installation techniques. They are typically designed by a contractor or architect to fit the specific needs of the building. A competent and qualified commercial roofing contractor will have what it takes to diagnose and address problems with the membrane, flashings, edge details and other roof components. In addition, they will likely have the necessary safety training and equipment to comply with OSHA requirements.
As opposed to these common misconceptions about commercial roofing, the fact is that All Weather Systems can help ensure that your roofing system is installed properly to provide years of weather protection. We can also inspect your roof to make sure it continues to function properly. Call us today 740-323-3174 or visit our website for a free estimate. We look forward to hearing from you.