As a business owner, it's important that you make sure that every piece of your investment is protected. That not only goes to your inventory control systems but also, most likely, the largest single investment purchase you've made since starting your company: your facility.
One of the best ways to make sure that your facility is protected is by making sure the roof isn't in a state of disrepair. Even small issues like cracks or low points in your roof can be a sign that you have a major problem on your hands. It's best to take care of it as soon as possible — while the expense is still small. In most cases, you should be able to take care of any commercial roofing issue while your business stays open.
Look for the signs listed below. If any of them are happening to your business' roof, contact a professional as soon as possible.
High Energy Bills
One of the best insulators of your business's energy is your roof. While most utility companies use a rolling average to determine your monthly bill, if you've noticed that your usage continues to go up, that means that energy is escaping outside somehow. You should schedule a commercial roofing inspection to ensure that your business is in good shape and also have it repaired if necessary. It may not be cheap, but the lower energy costs will save you money in the long run.
If you have a flat roof, performing a visual inspection of your business's roof is relatively easy. But no matter what type of roof you have, you need to perform a visual inspection regularly to ensure that there are no low spots or signs of deterioration, such as discoloration or rust. These weak spots can eventually give way and cause your roof to collapse completely, which not only damages your inventory but also anybody that is inside.
Since your roof is your first line of defense against the outside elements, any moisture that happens to be inside your business means that water is getting in somehow. This could be a result of increased moisture from your business's HVAC system, but if there are definite water stains or leaks, that means you've got a business that is in dire need of commercial roof repair.
Even though most roofs have a lifespan of anywhere from 15 to 50 years, if you know that your roof is approaching the halfway point, you might consider having regular inspections performed to ensure it stays in good shape. As roofs age, the intensity and frequency of those repairs will become more pronounced, making it all the more important that you stay on top of your commercial roofing situation.