Commercial Roofing

The Importance of Commercial Flat Roof Maintenance

The Importance of Commercial Flat Roof Maintenance

In our last post, we talked about the most common commercial flat roof systems including rolled roofing, rubber roofing or epdm roofing, pvc and tpo roofs, mod bit roofing, and tar and gravel roof systems. While most of these systems have a 40+ year lifespan, no system will last without proper maintenance. Below are a few reasons why it is important to have consistent upkeep and maintenance on your commercial flat roof system.

Maintenance is Required for Warranty

When it comes to these large, heavy duty roofing systems, the manufacturers will require regular maintenance in order to maintain the warranty on the products. While these products are strong and durable, it is vital that they are maintained in order to operate at peak performance level. Ignoring regular maintenance can void the warranty and be very costly if major repairs are needed.

Identify Issues Before They Start

When a roof is regularly inspected, it is easy to spot issues or potential failure points. Often times a trained roof technician is able to see where problems could arise even before the issue has fully developed. By catching these details ahead of time, proper preventative repairs can be made in order to prevent failure. Not only will this extend the lifespan of the roof, but it could easily save thousands of dollars in costly repairs had the issue not been identified earlier.

Roof Status Documentation for Insurance

We often don’t think about insurance needs until a big storm causes damage. When it comes to commercial buildings and insurance, clear documentation can be the difference between approved and denied insurance claims. Regular photos and maintenance update documents can provide your insurance company with proof of pre-storm condition and accurate understanding of what needs to be repaired or replaced.

As you can see, preventative maintenance can have a drastic impact on your roof. Not only will it extend the lifespan of the product, it could easily save thousands of dollars in repair or replacement costs. If you are interested in Blue Frog Roofing’s Maintenance Program, contact our office. Our commercial roof technicians can provide you with more information and help provide a maintenance plan that fits your needs.

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Preparing For a New Roof

How to Prepare Your Property For Your Roofing Project

We all know how important it is to be prepared: for a test, for bad weather, or for your wedding day! The same can be said about a roof installation or roof replacement. Our company prepares for your job by understanding the scope of your project, taking measurements and ordering materials, and scheduling crews to complete the work. However, it is just as vital that you, the property owner, prepare as well.

It is important to remember that your roof replacement or installation is a major construction process that will affect not only the roof of your home, but the entire property. The project involves heavy items and multi-person crews and there will be lots of movement, debris, and loud noises. Below are 3 helpful preparation points to make sure you are prepared for your project.

  1. Exterior Property Preparation. On the day prior to installation, you will want to make sure your property is prepared for this major construction process.
    • Allow for Access. It is necessary to leave the closest access points to your home open to our crews. Do not park your car in the driveway or garage after 5:00 PM on the day prior to install in order to avoid being unintentionally blocked in. Crews will be bringing trailers to haul project debris which will be parked in your driveway or at the nearest access point to your property (in some cases where no driveway is available, the closest access point may be the street or alleyway). These trailers will be delivered either on the evening prior, or as early as 6:30 AM installation day.
    • Remove Outdoor Decor and Furniture. We encourage customers to remove any valuable outdoor items around the exterior of your home. This includes outdoor d├ęcor, small statues, hanging plants, string lights, potted plants, outdoor furniture, or other items. While this may seem a bit of a hassle, it is the best way to avoid accidental damage and allow our construction crews clear access to your roof in order to do their jobs effectively and efficiently.
  2. Interior Property Preparation. Even though construction is happening outside, it is just as important to take necessary precautions inside your property.
    • Wall Mounted Valuables. If you have any significant or valuable items on shelves or hanging on the walls in your home, you may want to take them down for the day to avoid the possibility that the movement on your roof may cause them to shift.
    • Below Skylights. If you are having skylights replaced, we recommend moving or covering any furniture or items that may be directly below the skylights. While this is a rare occurrence, it is possible that debris may fall through the openings during the replacement process.
  3. Preparing Household Members. Major construction can have a significant affect on the members of your household, such as children, pets, or elderly family members.
    • No Outdoor Play/Activity. We do not recommend allowing pets or children outside during construction or prior to cleanup. There will be debris, nails, tools, and other potentially dangerous items throughout the property. Taking walks or heading to a nearby park are great ways to get children or pets out for some fresh air.
    • Loud Noises Can Be Disruptive. Due to the tools, materials, and crews producing loud noises, we always encourage our customers to please consider how this process will affect members of your household and prepare accordingly. In some instances, it may be good to head to the home of a family member or friend if you feel the noise and activity outside may be overwhelming.

Understanding the points above and taking steps to ensure that your exterior property, your interior property, and your household are prepared for your project will help your project tremendously. Not only will you know what to expect, but you will help our crews to work efficiently and enable them to focus on bringing our signature quality craftsmanship to your project.