Six Affordable Repairs to Extend the Life of Your Low-Slope Commercial Roof
Discuss these affordable roof repair projects with your roofing contractor.
Repair minor roof damage
Patch small punctures and tears.
Replace damaged metal panels on the roof.
Strengthen your roof
Add additional fasteners, especially in the corners and perimeter zones.
Fix your flashing
Flashing is often where the cascade of wind damage begins on a commercial building.
Re-crimp or install additional screws for edge flashing if it is not securely attached.
Repair seams and gaps in the flashing.
Get your roof tested
If you’ve noticed cracks, tears, or surface water damage, get a water moisture test.
If your roof is 10 years old or older, consider having a wind uplift test.
Improve your roof drainage system
Replace missing or damaged gutters and drains.
Install gutter guards to prevent debris clogs.
Add additional gutters and downspouts to properly channel excess water.
Check and secure roof-mounted equipment
Have a structural engineer verify that the connections of your equipment are adequate and secure.
Avoid ballasted equipment such as satellite dishes. Have an engineer determine how to mechanically secure small roof-mounted equipment to the building.
Install cables/straps that extend over the roof-mounted equipment and attach to the structural roof members. Make sure they are tightly secured and connected to the structural pieces of your roof system.
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