An industrial roof gets no respect. Most facilities managers are too busy with other, eye-level issues to spend time worrying about their industrial roof. Until, of course, a leak threatens to ruin inventory or equipment. Industrial roof maintenance is the sure path to avoiding leaks.
Weather or Not
In Minnesota, the weather is the leading cause of industrial roof trouble. Low-slope roofing tends to accumulate snow and ice. Cold rains and high winds combine to open seams and tug at flashing.
Cycles of freeze and thaw also deteriorate industrial roof materials. Mechanically fastened single-ply membranes can expand and contract only so much before the holes around fasteners turn from neat circles to leaky oblongs.
Weather, though, is not the only enemy of your industrial roof. Consider all these:
- Wind-borne, human-made debris can tear gouges in membrane or push away needed ballast
- Third-party workers tromping around on the roof, off designated walkways
- Roof piercings such as radio antennae, signage, HVAC units, sanitary stacks, ventilators — every hole in your roof is an invitation for water infiltration
- Pests from insects to rodents to heavier Minnesota beasts like raccoons can open seams, tear up membrane, set up homes, and even reach into the roof deck
You may have your own active management plan for roof assets. Yet, no matter how thorough you feel you are, a commercial roofer can work with you to enhance and improve your industrial roof maintenance.
Few, if any, facilities crews have all the experience, training and safety equipment to perform industrial roof maintenance properly. Regular inspections can catch small repair problems before they become expensive headaches. Routine maintenance can improve drainage, boost energy efficiency, and extend your roof’s life span.
With one call to your local, reliable commercial roofer, you and your building can benefit from an annual roof maintenance plan for every type of industrial roof:
- Built-Up Roofing (BUR)
- EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer)
- Liquid Applied Membranes
- Modified Bitumen
- Polyiso single-ply roofing solutions
- Single-ply Roofing
- TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin)
Our crews know how to safely clear internal drains and parapet scuppers, clean and seal your roof, inspect seams and flashing, and ensure proper slope to prevent ponding.
Turn to Midwest Roofing, Siding & Windows, Inc. for all your commercial roofing needs. Contact us today and let us show you how we can design a plan to maintain, repair, and eventually replace your industrial roof.