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How Should Managers Assess the State of their Denver Commercial Roof System?


July 13, 2016

Roof system engineering and management is a complicated situation if not done by a professional, especially when dealing with commercial roofs. A combination of things can impact the status of your roof, such as aging, weather, foot traffic, and animal or pest infestations. These combined factors can wreak havoc on a commercial roofing system and its elements, making it important for managers to be on top of the situation. The Roof Dr. in Denver can help commercial building managers figure out a plan that works for them.

Damage Control

It is important to ensure proper maintenance for commercial roofing systems, and often times this responsibility falls on the building manager. Some people may ignore potential signs of water leaks, hoping they'll go away on their own. However, when you wait until the roof begins to leak to take action, damage has already happened.

By the time someone has noticed a leak, there's already enough damage to cause serious issues to the roof and its elements including the contents of the building and the operation of the business. It is better by far to invest the time it takes to manage the roofing system and put the money into maintenance efforts to extend the life of the roof before it fails.   
The steps to prevent damage in your commercial roofing system includes repairing the roof, recovering the roof, or replacing the roof. If the manager makes a decision to replace the roof, then the manager should determine what to replace the roof with. Does he or she use the same roofing material or an entirely different one? In order to make this decision, the manager will need to acquire data for the professional roofer who will do the job.

Conducting an Evaluation
The commercial roofer has to do a comprehensive evaluation and inspection to see the condition of the roof. With this data, the roofer will make a determination of how to proceed to give the roof more longevity. By getting a better understanding of the condition of the roof, then the professional roofer will have more options to discuss with the manager, including maintenance possibilities after the main problem has been addressed.

The History
An assessment of the roof’s condition starts with reviewing the history of the roof. The roofer needs to know the date when the roof was installed. The type of roofing material used for the original roof is also important, as well as whether the roof was replaced in the past or not. If the roofer is going to be working on an already replaced roof, it is important to know if the original roof was removed completely, or if a new roof was installed to cover the existing roof. Were there previous roof inspections and repairs done to the roof?

Factors to Consider
There are other factors to consider, such as:
  • How long has the building been occupied?
  • Is frequent access to the roof essential to company activities?
  • Are there plans for the company to renovate any part of the building?
These issues are important to consider when approaching the condition or updating of a commercial roof. Building managers must try to cooperate with the professional commercial roofer so that the ultimate decision will benefit all parties involved.

The manager has to consider and work through any disruptions that the replacement, recovery, or repair of the roof will cause to the company. A commercial roofing system has to be maintained by an experienced roofer. Contact the Roof Doctor at 303-618-9889 for a consultation to discuss the specifics of your commercial roof.