Roofs are designed to last for decades, but weather, animals, and other damaging elements can significantly shorten their lifespans. Thus, it's often necessary to invest in a variety of maintenance products and services to keep the roof looking and functioning great. Here are two you should consider signing up for that can help your commercial roof last as long as possible.
Although roofing materials are crafted to withstand the elements, the residue left behind by rain, snow, windstorms, and other weather event can do significant damage to the roof if left unattended for long periods of time. For example, leftover moisture from water can cause mold, mildew, moss, and algae to grow on shingles. These substances/organisms can actually eat away at the material, causing rotting and resulting in leaks that damage the building's interior.
A good way to prevent this type of thing from happening is to have the roof cleaned on a regular basis, which is something a maintenance staff can easily do as long as they have the right supplies.
If you don't have onsite maintenance, the other option is to hire a local roofing company to perform this task for you. In fact, this may be the better choice, since a roof technician can also perform an inspection of the roof at the same time, let you know about any impending issues that may need attending (e.g. loose flashing), and fix them at the same time.
At minimum, you should have the roof cleaned off whenever there is a major weather event, particularly if you end up with debris such as leaves and tree branches on your roof. Leaving that stuff in place will increase your roof's rate of deterioration, leading to expensive repair bills later on.
Another maintenance product you may want to invest in are roof coatings. There are several different kinds designed to address a variety of needs. For example, flat roofs are sometimes coated with special substance that prevents ponding water from rotting the surface. There are also coatings that can prevent the growth of algae and mold. As you can imagine, these coatings can save you quite a bit of time and money as well as extend the life of your roof.
Be aware, though, that many coatings do wear off over time. So, be prepared to have the roof redone at regular intervals.
For more tips on the best commercial roof services for keeping your roof in tip-top shape, contact a local roofing company.