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Four Best Practices for Your Commercial Roof

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As FEMA describes it, the most common situation for roofs to experience damage is during high wind storms, where debris can rip off or puncture through your roof, and the rains that follow, which create a high risk of water damage. Though NYC may not seem like a hotbed for hurricane activity, residents know that we see our fair share of turbulent weather and heavy precipitation, which can wreak havoc on a roof. And when you’re running a business, if your building is compromised, your employees, customers, reputation, and profits get affected as well. Greene Roofing has been serving clients in the NYC area for over 80 years and we’ve compiled a list of best practices for your commercial roof. 
Inspect Frequently 

The key word in this tip is “frequently.” Far too often, people only inspect their roof for damage after they suspect something is wrong and by then the problem is much larger than if they were to conduct regular maintenance. We recommend inspecting your commercial roof twice a year and after major storms. If you don’t feel comfortable going up on your roof (especially after a storm) or aren’t sure what to look for during a regular inspection, contact a professional. This small step can save you so much time, money, and peace of mind down the line. 

Clean and Do Minor Repairs After Inspection 

During an inspection you should check to see whether your roof has been damaged, such as major cracks or gaps in flashing. Repair those items as soon as possible before water damage has time to occur. In addition, power wash your roof. This removes unwanted debris and prevents puddles and other items from collecting and creating mold or sagging weight. It also keeps the place pristine. 

Apply (and Reapply) Coating 

We can’t stress how important and useful coating is for a commercial roof. Whereas residential roofs tend to be more angular, commercial roofs are flat and it makes it harder to remove snow or collected rain. In addition, unlike a small one story home, conducting repairs or installing a new roof on a commercial building can affect dozens or more employees. Coating is a great way to weatherproof your roof on a budget and extend its lifespan. Rather than having to rip out the whole thing and put in a new one, reapply your coating and it’ll be good for more years to come (without having your workers and clients sidestep unnecessary construction equipment outside). In addition, coating for your roof can save you money on energy bills. When they reflect UV light, it makes your roof cooler and so your HVAC system can work that much more effectively.

Add Extra Safety Precautions to Get Onto the Roof 

TV shows romanticize sitting on a roof and shooting the breeze but as a rule of thumb, no one should be on your roof if they’re not authorized to be there. Not only is it extremely dangerous and poses a major lawsuit for you, it can also damage the integrity of the roof. One way to prevent this is making sure that the entrance to the roof is sealed with an electric pass point that requires an ID or if you want a simpler but just as effective solution, a good ole fashioned lock will keep trespassers from damaging your roof. 

A good roof protects and sustains a building so if you want your business to run smoothly, don’t neglect these best practices for your commercial roof. If you have any more questions or want a professional involved with any of the items mentioned above, contact Greene Roofing! We’re passionate about helping our clients have sturdy roofs at competitive prices and we’ve been around for over 80 years with the same amount of professionalism and quality workmanship. 

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