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Commercial Roof Maintenance Tips– 6 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Roof

Try our commercial roof maintenance tips to help you prolong the life of your roof.

The roofing system of your building is a critical piece of the overall structure, and proper commercial roof maintenance should be a top priority if you want to avoid costly damage or– worse yet– having to replace it prematurely. The good news is that there are some simple steps you can take to maintain your commercial roof, preserving its life for years to come.

1– Don’t Ignore Leaks!

Even a roof leak that seems minor can result in MAJOR damage to your property. Blocked drains, standing water on the roof, and any pooling can result in leaks that make their way into your attic, air duct systems, or even onto the ceilings or walls of your structure. If you detect a leak of any kind, you’ll want to get a commercial roofing contractor out STAT. The last thing you need is electrical damage, product or equipment water damage, or a collapsing roof.

2– Opt For Regular Roof Inspections

If you really want to play the safe side with commercial roof maintenance, have a professional inspect your roofing system once per year. Regular inspections offer up more opportunity to detect and address issues early before they become dire, and likely more expensive to resolve. The truth is, there are probably portions of your roofing system you can’t even visually inspect from the ground. Let a pro safely take a look, being mindful of leaks, sagging, and other issues that could escalate if ignored.

3– Keep it Clean

Just like anything else, it’s important to keep your roof clean and free of debris. Twigs, leaves, and other loose material can lead to standing water and pooling, which promotes the growth of moss and algae. These things, if left unattended, will accelerate the roof deterioration process, resulting in leaks and damage over time.

4– Take Note of HVAC Operations

Something as seemingly minor as a little AC leak can actually lead to severe roof damage when left unaddressed. Be sure that your roof inspector checks in on heating and cooling systems to ensure proper function, and have those items maintained regularly as well!

Maintain your commercial roof with the help of our professional team at Tennessee Roofing & Construction.

5– Stay Off the Roof!

Not only is milling around on your business’s roof potentially dangerous for you, but also it can be dangerous for the roofing structure itself. Unless you are a professional, or have had walk pads installed on the roof, you could potentially damage it, or take a fall and hurt yourself. Definitely leave the inspection process up to a licensed commercial roofing contractor.

6– Don’t Put Off Repairs

If you put off having a small cavity in your tooth filled, you might end up in a crown. By that same token, if you ignore a minor roof leak, you may end up with a major one faster than you think. Being proactive about repairs and maintenance will greatly help you prolong the life of your roof, and save money in the long run.

If you need a commercial roofer, our team at Tennessee Roofing & Construction would love to work with you! We offer services in industrial and commercial roofing, safety, maintenance, and general contracting. Contact us today to schedule your roof inspection!

Roof Leak? Missing Shingles?– Signs the Property You’re Considering May Need Repairs

Woman deals with roof damage from a roof leak that will require repairs.

If you are in the process of buying a house, there are a multitude of “deal breakers” out there that can sink your sale. Especially if you’re a first time buyer, there are things you should be aware of before you take on a property that needs more work, and investment, than you anticipated. It’s always important to give the roof of any property you’re considering a good once over. While the process can take time, be mindful not to overlook any potential problem areas on the roof that could be costly to rectify down the road. Do your homework and fully understand all the quirks of the home you are purchasing. In most cases, your home inspector should identify a problematic roof if there are any visible signs of damage; e.g. dark rings on the ceiling, peeling paint, missing shingles, and more.

Even though a properly-maintained roof can last up to 30 years or more, not all roofs are created equal. Sometimes poor installation or low-quality material used can result in you having to replace a roof sooner than you would have hoped.

So if you’ve got your heart set on a home, and you’re ready to buy– consider the following things before closing day to protect yourself and your investment.

Before you make an offer on a home, make sure you have a professional perform a roof inspection to ensure no roof damage will require costly repairs.

-Ask the seller how old the roof is, and for any repair documents or permits that show previous roof repair or replacement to verify.

-Hire an inspector to evaluate the condition of the roof and gutters to make sure the drainage system is working properly and everything is in order.

-If the homeowner has already performed a home inspection prior to going under contract, ask to review it. A qualified real estate agent can guide you through the process, as well as provide specific advice for attaining all inspection documents.

-Just because a roof is old doesn’t mean the seller will budge; however, it is negotiable if the roof hasn’t been properly maintained and if imminent repairs are required. In such case, you can request that the sellers replace the roof as a part of the home inspection repairs, although they don’t have to agree. If they refuse to replace the roof or lower the sale price, you have to decide if you want to incur the expense of repair or walk away from the property.

No matter the situation, it pays to have a professional roofer perform a proper inspection, either before you extend an offer or during the contract phase of the negotiations. Give Tennessee Roofing a call to schedule your Chattanooga roof inspection today! We can also help with any repairs that may be required before or after you purchase that dream home.

3 Winter Weather Roof Hazards

Chattanooga commercial roof Winter Weather Roof HazardsWinter takes a toll on the roof, especially in harsh climates. Extreme temperatures and weather conditions can create problems that may lead to costly commercial roofing repairs, if not properly maintained. Here are 3 winter weather roof hazards to avoid:

Ice & Snow Buildup

While we may not get much snow down in the south, it has happened. Because most commercial roofing is not pitched, it can allow for the accumulation of rainwater, snow or snowmelt. The winter weather hazard for your commercial roof occurs in climates with below freezing temperatures. When temperatures drop, rainwater or snowmelt freezes and/or refreezes in a freeze thaw cycle, creating an ice dam. The result? The roof may hold a significant amount of weight from water ponding, if not properly drained. Ponding water can severely shorten the longevity of your commercial roof, as it can cause leaks and long-term structural damage.

Wind Damage

Because flat roofs aren’t completely flat (allowing for water run off), there is still a chance for wind damage, just as with any pitched roof. While commercial roofs are tolerable to windy conditions, excess winds can damage the roof, allowing moisture to get underneath roofing materials.

Is your Chattanooga commercial roof ready for winter? Here are three tips to get ready!

  • Identify leaks sooner than later – Snow and ice buildup can make finding and repairing leaks harder.
  • Schedule a roof inspection in Chattanooga – Following your detailed roof inspection, we will report any issues for repair.
  • Repair and prepare – Tennessee Roofing will repair penetrations, curbs, skylights, ducts, and flashings, as needed.

Our Tennessee Roofing professional will check for areas for loose seals, signs of standing water, water damage, or things like rusted flashing and metal fasteners. While defects in flashing and sealant failure at penetrations are the leading causes of leaks, splits in the membrane, separations at seams, ridges, blisters and deterioration are also red flags that must be addressed before it’s too late. Neglecting to repair a damaged commercial roof this winter may lead to building damage, which can be dangerous and costly. Call Tennessee Roofing & Construction to repair and winterize your Chattanooga commercial roof today!

Buyers Beware of the Roof

first time home buyer roof inspection Chattanooga

If you are in the process of buying a house, there can be a multitude of “deal breakers” out there that can sink your sale. Buyers, specifically first time home buyers, beware! While the process is lengthy, be mindful not to overlook any potential problem areas on the roof; as it could be costly down the road. Do your homework and fully understand all the quirks of the home you are purchasing. In most cases, your home inspector should identify a problematic roof if there are any visible signs of damage; i.e. dark rings on the ceiling, peeling paint, missing shingles, etc. Note: Buyers beware, the most costly deal breaker often lies on the roof.

Even though a properly-maintained roof can last up to 30 years or more, not all roofs are cut from the same shingle. Whether dealing with an incorrect installation or low-quality materials, you may need to replace the roof much sooner than you originally anticipated.

Before closing day, complete the following:

  1. Ask the seller how old the roof is and for any repair documents or permits that show previous roof repair or replacement.
  2. Hire an inspector to evaluate the condition of the roof and gutters to make sure the drainage system is working properly.
  3. If the home owner has already performed a home inspection prior to going under contract, ask to review it. A qualified real estate agent can guide you through the process, as well as provide specific advice for attaining all inspection documents.

Just because a roof is older, doesn’t mean that the seller will lower the price. However, it is negotiable if the roof hasn’t been properly maintained and if imminent repairs are required. In such case, you can request that the sellers replace the roof as a part of the home inspection repairs, although they don’t have to agree to it. If they refuse to replace the roof or lower the sale price, you have a decision: pay to have the roof replaced or walk away from the house.

It pays to get a roofer to do a proper inspection, either before you make the offer or during the contract phase of the negotiations. Give Tennessee Roofing & Contracting a call today to schedule your Chattanooga roof inspection today!

Spring Cleaning Your Roof

chattanooga commercial roofingSpring is the best time to take advantage of routine maintenance for your roof.

There are very few rites of the season more satisfying than spring cleaning. If you’re breaking out the dust mop and inspecting all the nooks and crannies, don’t forget about your outdoor space, specifically your residential or commercial roof. Not only do annual routine cleanings and roof inspections benefit cosmetic appearance and curb appeal, they also prevent roof damage to help extend the longevity of your shingles.

The most obvious signs for roof repair to be on the lookout for include:

  • Bulging, buckling, blistered, or missing roof materials
  • Leaks or improper draining of gutter systems
  • Broken seals and missing caulk around chimneys, skylights, or attic vents

Spring cleaning your roof checklist

Spring Cleaning Your Roof Checklist (printable)

Spring Cleaning Your Roof Checklist

Contact Tennessee Roofing & Construction of Chattanooga, Tn today to schedule your spring cleaning roof inspection and maintenance!