Why Invest in an Industrial Roof Maintenance Plan?

Money spent on a roof maintenance plan is well invested and good for the planet, and will save you money in the long run.

During the winter months, the cold can be minus 15 with a wind that will slice you in half. During the summer months, scorching temperatures can blast well above of 30 degrees Celsius. What does this mean in regards to your industrial roof?

Industrial Roofs in Canada are on the front line and take the brunt of these extreme temperature swings, but are seldom inspected or even thought about until a huge leak occurs. Leaks can cause a myriad of problems like water damage to walls and floors, machinery/computer downtime; leaks can also spoil product and can be a safety and fire hazard. Most industrial roof emergency calls occur during severe weather conditions when only temporary repairs can be conducted. Re-roofing is expensive starting at about $4.50 per square foot for a low rise commercial or industrial building with easy access. These prices are only likely to increase as the cost of petroleum based products and landfill site dumping charges rise.

Extending the service life of your existing roof will save you money and help the environment buy cutting down on the toxins released by hot asphalt and adhesive during re-roofing and limiting emissions released during material manufacturing and transportation. Most old roofing materials cannot be re-cycled so this also helps to reduce ground contamination at dump sites. Getting the most out of your roof can be achieved by conducting annual roof inspections to locate and fix potential problems and conduct preventative maintenance.

One of the most important components of your roof system is to maintain good drainage at all times. On flat roofs it is essential that drain screens and scuppers are periodically cleaned free of any obstructions like leaves or ice. If water is not allowed to drain properly it can reach un-realistic levels and spill into the building over the top of flashings. It will also pond on the roof eventually decaying the roof membrane causing leaks leading to pre-mature repairs or replacement. Stagnant water also creates a breeding ground for bugs like mosquitoes which can cause the West Nile Virus.

Other areas that are quite often the source of roof leaks are pipes, conduit and chimneys where they pass through the roof. This equipment usually protrudes through tall cones and mastic trays which are sealed with plastic cement or a silicon derivative. Because of thermal expansion and contraction these sealants over time will dry out, shrink and crack creating an entry point for water into the roof system.

These are just a few of the small measures you can take to extend the service life of your roof and reduce your carbon footprint.