If you are like many retailers you may store products in a commercial warehouse. Damage to the roof can mean damaged inventory, delivery delays and dissatisfied customers. Luckily, you can work to preserve your roof by making sure that you take the following actions.
Go Up to the Rooftop
It is important that you are aware of the current condition of your roof. To be confident that it is in good shape, and to catch minor problems before they become more serious ones, it is wise to inspect the warehouse roof regularly. You might want to put such a task on the schedule every month so that you don't forget.
What should you be looking for? Here is a list of things you should be taking note of:
One thing you might forget to check out when inspecting your warehouse roof is the flashing (the common name for the metal strips that are nailed into the roof around protrusions). Flashing helps divert water so it doesn't penetrate the roof, and after strong storms it may become loose. If that happens, moisture can creep underneath the flashing and mold might start to grow between the flashing and the surface of the roof. Ensure the flashing is always tightly screwed in.
Invest in Electric Heating Cables
Heating cables are a necessity if your warehouse is located in an area that sees a great deal of snowfall and ice during the colder months and your roof is flat, as many warehouse roofs are. Too much snow buildup and ice formation on your warehouse's roof can lead to a cave-in. As a result, many of your products may be damaged and some of your employees might become injured.
To stop this from happening, it is a good idea to invest in heating cables. These cables can be mounted on the roof when it is warm outside, and when the winter begins to bring ice and snow to the area, the cables heat up. Heating cables can help to reduce buildup so that your roof remains stable and strong.
Heed the tips laid out in this article so that you can protect and preserve your company's roof. For an assessment of your warehouse roof, enlist a professional commercial roofing company like Central States Roofing to have a look and advise you.
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