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Roof repairs are part of life and they apply to any roof irrespective of its type or purpose. Generally, roofs have a single purpose of providing shelter against wind, various forms of precipitation and intruders such as sand, birds, smoke and small branches of trees. This applies to all roofs irrespective of the structure on which they have been installed. But, roofs are not the same. Residential roofs are mostly concerned with adding elegance to the house.
Although the functionality aspect of the roof is also taken into account, the elegance of the roof is more emphasized. On the other hand, the converse is true when it comes to commercial roofs.
Therefore, care for residential roofs is somewhat different from that of the commercial roofs where functionality is more emphasized. As a business owner, there are certain things you have to take into account when dealing with issues patterning to the maintenance of your roof. Here is a guide that can prove to be of great help to you.
Different types of roofs
First of all, you have to bear in mind the fact that different types of roofs exist. The costs of roof repairs and care tips vary from one type of commercial roof to another. Further, choosing the right roof for your commercial structure also depends on whether you know the attributes of the various types that exist or not.
The following guide applies to the most common type of commercial roofs that exist today. Some structures may have one of the following types, two of them or a combination of all of them. In such cases, the maintenance tips for all the three types must be applied to the entire structure.
These are arguably the most common types of commercial roofs that are available today. There is little care that is required for these roofs since almost every part may be visible depending on the overall height of the structure. Flat roofs do not have a visible slope or any slope at all. In most cases, they have an invisible slope which is incorporated for purposes of guiding rain water off the roof and thus prevent the accumulation of rain water and any kind of precipitation. EPDM and bitumen are often used for flat roof as they are perfect for creating a flat surface. Concrete is also used but usually combined with bitumen for purposes of controlling temperature and the overall slope of the roof. The choice of materials for a flat roof depends on whether it may be used for a roof garden or the addition of another story in the near future.
These comprise a combination of ridges in series coupled with a pitch as well as a vertical glass window. Since the resulting appearance of the roof design resembles saw teeth, these roofs were given such a name. This is perfect for daylight usage as it is good at allowing natural light. The roof does not also let in too much heat making perfect for a warehouse.
This is a perfect roof for commercial structures. Today, it is favored by a good number of commercial building owners owing to the numerous advantages that are associated with it. First of all, they capable of supporting themselves provided they have been designed properly and reinforced adequately. Although these roofs are traditionally made of stone or wood, they can now be made of concrete and steel depending on the preferences of the manufacturer.
Assessing roof conditions; factors to consider
Like residential roofs also have their own share of problems. They also require frequent maintenance in order for them to remain intact for a taste of time. You have to understand the various factors that affect the stability of your commercial roof. This is the only way you can make an accurate assessment of their current state. Here are some important factors that you have to consider when assessing the conditions of a commercial roof.
The strength of a roof depends on the materials that have been used for its design and installation. Therefore, you have to make sure your commercial roof is made of materials that are good enough to withstand strong wind loads and other forces. Further, you also have to bear in mind the fact that the choice of materials will determine the maintenance and costs of roof repairs. Although materials such as concrete are much easier to install and they often last much longer, they are actually expensive to repair. Flat roofs are the easiest to repair since they commonly develop holes which can easily be patched within minutes.
The size of the building determines the size of the roof. Further, this also determines the overall costs of repairing a full roof. As a business owner, you have to make sure the roof you have installed is very easy to repair. Otherwise, you may spend too much money on covering maintenance costs. Proactive maintenance techniques are recommended as they help to minimize the roofing problems and the costs of roof repairs thereof.
Local Area Climatic Conditions
The weather conditions that characterize a specific location over a long a period of time will determine the rate at which the commercial roof will deteriorate. As a business owner, you have to take into account the nature of the climatic conditions in the area you are setting up a business. The choice of the roof and the materials thereof should be in line with the nature of the climatic conditions in that area.
For very harsh weather conditions, concrete and steel roofs are preferred as they are capable of withstanding strong forces of nature ranging from wind, rain and snow. If you have just bought a structure, you have to think about its current state and the upcoming weather conditions. If the roof is already in a deplorable state and a stormy weather pattern is approaching, replacing such a roof should be your number one priority.
Although commercial roofs are generally more concerned about the functionality rather than the elegance, it does not mean they may not look good. You can also try to install a roof which meets both functional and aesthetic conditions while making sure the roof repairs are as minimal as possible