Extend Your Flat Roof's Life With Simple Steps

You may not have X-Ray glasses, but you can tell a lot about your building’s roof from inside your own building. An interior inspection is just one simple step you can take to extend the life of your flat or low-slope roof. Try all these actions to get the longest lifespan out of your Oakland Park company’s roof.

Interior View

Roofing experts at Facilities Net recommend examining the interior of your building for signs of water damage. Look for:

  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Drips
  • Leaks
  • Water stains
  • Peeling paint

The location of the water damage inside the building often does not provide an accurate guide to the leak’s location on the roof, so consult your roofer for more help stopping leaks.

Walk Lightly

All roofing experts — including Oakland Park’s best commercial roofer, PSI Roofing — recommend minimizing and documenting foot traffic on your roof. Keep a written log so you know who is going on your “flat” roof and why.  This includes in-house maintenance crew members, who should be going up periodically.

When your crew works on the low-slope roof, no matter the reason, a simple step that adds longevity is to have them check and clear drains, gutters and scuppers. Preventing standing water can do a lot to keep roof insulation from becoming compressed.

Encourage HVAC contractors and other rooftop visitors to stick to prescribed walkways and duckboards. Something as casual as a work boot scuffing ballast can gouge a hole in the membrane or open a seam.

Inspect Expansions

Many roofs have expansion joints, but these spaces are filled with flexible material that loses its flexibility over time. During routine roof maintenance, make a habit of inspecting expansion joints for cuts, tears or gaps that lead to water infiltration.

Build a Relationship

This step does not even involve your roof — it involves your commercial roofer. Facilities Net points out some of the pluses of building rapport with your roofer, such as familiarity with your facility, clearer communication, and perhaps most important of all, trust.

Trust is priceless; allow your reliable commercial roofer to prove the company’s worth with inspections and minor repairs, so you feel comfortable trusting the roofer with the regular maintenance that will add years of service to your roof.

When casting about Oakland Park for a trustworthy, reliable roofer, please contact PSI Roofing. We would be happy to prove ourselves by helping you add years of life to your flat roof.