During June 2021, Kalispell hit record-breaking heat temperatures, clocking in at 101° F. The previous record of 95° F was set over 40 years ago, and high temperatures continued to rock Western Montana throughout the summertime.
Commercial roofs take a beating throughout hot summer and harsh winter months in Montana, which can make your roof susceptible to leaks, cracks, holes, and more. What can you do to help protect your roof against the worst?
We have put together seven helpful tips and tricks that can protect your commercial roof this year, so keep reading for more information!
Common Commercial Roof Problems
Commercial roofs are typically large, flat, and made of metal or membrane material. Commercial roofs have unique problems that can quickly arise if you don’t have a suitable sealant compared to residential homes. Some of the more common problems are:
- Single ply blow-offs
- Ponding water
Most of these problems are combated by hiring a quality commercial roof repair company for roof coatings and regularly inspecting it.
1. Fix Leaks Immediately
Leaks are one of the most common roof problems and can lead to a host of other issues that will cost much more than a patch job. What can prolonged leaks lead to?
- Damaged ceiling
- Damaged insulation
- Mold or mildew
- Fire hazard
- Higher energy costs
Eventually, rot can lead to structural integrity concerns that can put you, employees, and customers at high risk. Leaks also can create more health hazards, such as starting a fire and creating an ideal environment for mold and mildew to thrive.
Mold exposure can exacerbate lung diseases and cause various illnesses. Once you have a commercial repair contractor fix your leak, consider replacing or resealing your roof with a new coating that will help prevent future leaks.
2. Metal Roof Coating
Luckily, metal roof coatings can help prevent costly roof replacements and extend your commercial roof’s longevity. Commercial roofing contractors follow five metal roof coating steps, including:
- Removing rust and debris
- Add Conklin Encase Primer
- Weatherproof fasteners
- Weatherproof and reinforce metal roofing seams
- Add Conklin Metal Roof Restorative Layer spray
North Star Restoration provides ten to eighteen-year warranties that guarantee leak-free performance. The primer and sealant work together to ensure that your metal roof can withstand harsh winters and hot summertime months.
3. Membrane Roof Coating
If you don’t have a metal roof, a membrane roof coating for your commercial roof can help you seal it from leaks. Membrane roofs include:
- Modified bitumen
Metal roofing tends to last longer, but adding Conklin® Membrane Roof Restoration Systems can help prevent unnecessary leaks and help your roof withstand excess water, snow, and ice. The commercial roof repair team at North Star Restoration will clean off any debris, dirt, or other items on the roof.
Next, your roof is treated with a detergent before applying primer. After reinforcing seams, your contractors will add a final seal, and the project is finished!
4. Singly Ply Restorations
If you want a restored roof, a single ply membrane option can help improve sealant and prevent leaks or damage. By using thermoplastic membranes, your newly restored roof will improve in:
While it might cost more money upfront (similar to metal roofs), you can expect your roof to last for years to come with ultra-sealant protection. How do commercial single ply restorations work?
- Remove debris
- Replace or repair damages
- Measure and cut single ply material
- Heat welding machine
The end result will appear more as a single, continuous layer rather than an individual membrane, which helps provide the ultimate protection. Additionally, any fasteners are also sealed and covered.
5. What Are Spray Foams?
Spray foams are ideal for commercial roofs because they can seal various materials and slopes. Whether you have industrial or commercial, sloped or flat, spray foams can help provide an additional layer of protection. The two primary steps require a primer and sealant, and your roof is set!
6. Regularly Clean Your Roof
One of the most common roof problems is letting snow, ice, and debris gather on your roof. You should regularly clean your roof so that you avoid extra weight and debris from causing leaks, cracks, and holes.
Flat roofs are also prone to ponding water, which happens when there aren’t adequate run-off and water pools on your roof instead. Eventually, ponding water leads to leaks if you don’t have a drainage system or quality roof protection.
Debris also has a way of ending up on flat roofs, where it gathers until it clogs drains and poses integrity risks. Unfortunately, debris typically requires manual removal, so be sure and check your roof after significant storm systems.
7. Commercial Roof Inspections Matter
Commercial roof inspections can help you avoid some of the issues listed above, and these professional commercial roofing companies can assess wear and tear, blistering, drains, and more.
Most experts suggest biannual inspections, so be sure and schedule in advance. Luckily, metal roofs should last 40 to 70 years, but with low or flat slopes, your roof is more exposed to elements than others.
Find Commercial Roofing Companies
Do you have commercial roofs that need restoration or waterproof sealants? At North Star Roofing, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality sealants and sprays that work on various commercial roofs.
Water, ice, and snow in the harsh winter months can lead to extensive leaks and roof damage. Rather than wait until it is too late, contact us today for a free estimate and let our skilled team help you prepare for summer.