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Commercial Roof Repair to Avoid Roof Replacement

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Over the years, wear and tear on your commercial roof can leave small defects that threaten to escalate into major damage. Although your thoughts might turn to roof replacement at that point, it’s often possible to extend the structure’s life with commercial roof repair services. By completing the repairs as quickly as possible, you can avoid high costs down the line and keep your roof looking and functioning at its best. Ready to get started? Here’s what you need to know about commercial roof repair.

Types of Repair Services for Commercial Roofing

To stay ahead of issues, you need to have your roof inspected regularly. By doing that, a commercial roofing contractor can check for damage, debris, and dirty areas. After that, they can complete all the following preventative maintenance services.

Immediate Roof Repair

Water leaks can wreak havoc on your roof and other building materials, resulting in the need for a major overhaul. Thankfully, you can avoid severe damage by having your roof inspected for wear on a regular basis. If your contractor finds any issues, have them fixed right away to keep your commercial roof watertight through the years. On top of that, if you ever spot a water leak, call for immediate roof repairs to halt the problem in its tracks.

Debris Removal

When debris accumulates on your roof, its presence can take literal years off its lifespan. The debris often traps water, which rapidly accelerates the breakdown of the materials underneath. On top of that, regular roof cleanings keeps your building looking fresh and taken care of. 

So, to avoid all that, have your commercial roofing contractor come out every six months or more to clean the surface, plus the following:

  • Gutters
  • Drains
  • Leader boxes
  • Scuppers

Upon cleaning up all those areas, the water will properly flow away from your roof, helping keep its materials in good condition year after year.

Walk Pad Placement

If you have a lot of foot traffic on your flat commercial roof, walk pads are a must. Have a contractor install them right away, so you can keep wear and tear to the bare minimum from the very start.

The walk pads also offer many other benefits, including:

  • Offers great traction
  • Improve worker safety
  • Prevents dirty footprints all over
  • Easy to install and reposition

Installing walk pads can even help protect your roof from pests, rodents, and adverse weather conditions, including hail.

The walk pads themselves do not need any maintenance, although it’s often a good idea to clean under them at debris removal visits. If you work in an area with high winds, it’s possible to use an adhesive to secure them down, but then it’s impossible to clean underneath.

Roof Coating

When it comes to extending the life of your roofing materials, roof coating definitely does the heavy lifting. The coating works best for commercial roofs with flat, smooth, or semi-smooth surfaces.

Although it’s important to apply a good coating immediately after the install, it’s possible to complete the application process on older roofs as well. Roof coatings have a defined life expectancy, just like any materials, which may vary according to the quality of the products and the coatings thickness. A typical manufacturer warranty ranges from 5 to 10 years. This means the coating does require some attention over time, and should be considered for a recoat once the warranty period expires.Talk with your trusted roofing contractor about different types of roof coatings and how long they can be expected to extend your roofs life.

Upon completing the preventive maintenance services, your roofing contractor will let you know if there’s any damage in need of repair. If so, aim to get the problems fixed as soon as possible, or the issue will likely continue to get worse until it’s resolved.

Benefits of Timely Commercial Roof Repair Services

By completing timely commercial roof repair services at the first sign of the problem, you can enjoy all the following benefits:

  • Prevent leaks from damaging your building and everything inside
  • Avoid significant repair costs and downtime while you get the work done
  • Extend the life of your roof to get the biggest return on investment

If you’d like to avoid the need for ongoing roof repair services, pick durable, high-quality materials and have them installed by an experienced, trusted commercial roof contractor. By making that investment from the get-go, you can potentially save thousands on roof repairs and replacement through the years.

Need Commercial Roof Repair Services in North Carolina?

Whether you just want to schedule preventive maintenance or need commercial roof repairs, contact Pickard Roofing Company with a call to 919-682-5702. Our team will set up a site consultation during your call and then schedule all the maintenance and repair services your roof needs. We’re skilled in installing and maintaining all the top commercial roof materials, including EPDM, TPO, and built-up roofing. So, please feel free to reach out anytime you’d like help keeping your roofing materials in pristine condition.

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At Pickard Roofing, we think Design. Craft. Renew. We are experienced in all types of roofing systems- and provide the right roofing design and selective craftsmanship for renewing our customer’s assets. We invite sustainable building customers to give us a call for your free evaluation. For over 90 years Pickard Roofing Company has installed countless metal, tile, slate, TPO, EPDM, and all types of shingle roofing in the Triangle. Our services include residential, commercial, custom architectural metal fabrication, and historical renovation.