If you are busy with the restaurant you own, you might not have much time to think about your roof until you want to make improvements to your building or there is a significant problem that cannot be ignored. However, to keep your roof in good shape and make desired changes, you need to keep a few things in mind. Use the following tips to avoid costly repairs and other problems.
Inspect the Flashing Regularly
Flashing is another way of referring to the metal strips that surround the vents, skylights and other protrusions in your restaurant's roof. During storms and periods of heavy winds, the flashing may become loose. If flashing is not tightened, water can seep into your roof and eventually leak into your restaurant's kitchen or dining area.
To avoid this, be sure to periodically head up to the roof to inspect the flashing and make sure that it is not loose or damaged. If it is, keep an eye out for any mold that may be growing in between the flashing and the roof. If you don't see any mold, use a screwdriver to tighten screws. If you do see mold or cannot tighten the flashing, get in touch with a professional roofer who can remove the mold and ensure that there is no further damage to your roof.
If you did not take a look at the local zoning ordinance when you bought your restaurant and want to make any changes to your roof, it is a good idea to do so. For instance, one of the things discussed in the zoning ordinance is whether you can build a roof deck and what requirements for those decks are. If you ignore the zoning ordinance and build what you want without the proper permits, you will have to pay hefty fees.
However, should your vision for roof improvements not fall in line with the zoning ordinance, all is not lost. Ask the zoning office whether any changes are to be made as a result of current happenings elsewhere in your town or city. You may be able to wait for changes before you start construction. If not, you can still apply for a variance, so that the zoning office will grant you permission to make desired changes to your roof.
Use the information laid out above to help you take care of roofing issues. Work closely with a commercial roofing contractor who can help ensure that your roof stays in great shape and meets all local requirements during any construction.
For professional roofing help, contact a company such as Central Mass Building & Construction.