Roofs are generally the one part of a building that people forget about maintaining, often leaving it until something disastrous happens. And with roofs, disaster usually means letting the elements in, which in turn brings the likelihood of damage to items under your roof. Whilst in private ownership that probably only means wet clothes and soggy carpets, in the commercial industry, the loss of stock could spell the end of your business.
Commercial units thrive during times of high economic activity, with the building of business parks and trade units at their highest in this time. This means there is pressure on builders to get new units constructed quickly. There is also a significant increase in the costs of building materials which may lead to cost cutting and an overall lowering in the quality of built units, which further means that preventive maintenance needs to be in the forefront of every Facilities Managers mind.
Preventive maintenance is the act of planning repair and update work on different parts of your facilities rather than waiting for something to go wrong and fixing it as necessary. Faults such as water ingress or dust and particle damage to stock can write-off valuable stock as well as cause a hazard to your workforce. It is imperative that your facilities are kept in the best order and that you budget and plan on-going maintenance.
There are a number of options for commercial roofing systems, each with their own benefits:
Metal Clad Roof: - Originally copper and discernible by the unique green copper oxide known as verdigris, high material costs have led to steel being used as a substitute. Easy to manufacture and rugged, the only downside is the need to ensure it is fully protected from the elements as corrosion will affect unprotected areas quickly.
EPDM: - Standing for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, this is also known simply as “rubber Roofing”. This relatively inexpensive method of roofing a building is most suited to a flat or low-slope roof.
Built Up Roofing: - Also known by the acronym BUR, this type of roof relies upon multiple layers of asphalt and tar to make a strong, waterproof seal. Now seen as less desirable in the light of EPDM equivalents, this type of roof is still seen on many commercial properties.
Green Roof: - Driven predominately by green issues, these roof are essentially BUR designs with an added layer of a growth medium and finally plants to thrive in it. Soil and its more technical derivatives is a good insulator and will help reduce heating bills while growing oxygen-producing plants. They are, unfortunately, prone to be heavy compared to other roof types.
Whatever your commercial roofing needs, it is always worthwhile contacting an accredited roofing contractor who will be able to advise you on your needs and help you plan routine maintenance.
Your roof is one of the most important parts of your building, and you should ensure that it is in good condition.